MONEY IN YOUR POCKET – PART 4
Kingdom Economic Recovery / Poverty Eradication Program – 4
We have learnt that every believer has a rich inheritance in Jesus Christ. This rich inheritance is connected to Father Abraham (Gal. 3:9, 13-14). We also understood that during the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, He had poverty eradication on top of His manifesto (Luke 4:14-19). When Jesus healed the sick, they were healed, when He delivered the captive, they were delivered and in like manner the gospel to the poor was not intended to make the poor poorer. Successively, we have studied that though God has blessed the believer with so much riches yet some believers are not manifesting the blessings of Abraham (Abraham was blessed to be a blessing – Gen. 12:2). We concluded in our last discussion that dishonour to God is the chief reason why some believers are not manifesting the riches of Abraham. We dishonour God by eating His reserved portion – the tithe. We saw some major acts of dishonor in the Bible. These include, Adam, who ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which in principle was God’s reserved portion (Gen. 2:16). Hophni and Phinehas, sons of Eli the High Priest also stole fat portions of meat offerings sacrificed to God (1 Sam. 2:12-25). When one robs God, He derobes one – nakedness. God will send His army to devour who ever robs Him (Mal. 3:8, Joel 1:14). When one dishonours God, He cannot thrust His riches to one. For God to trust us we must first demonstrate our trust in Him, just like Father Abraham (Gen. 22:1-3). In our discussion today, we will expound other means why believers are not manifesting the riches of Father Abraham.
SOME REASONS WHY SOME BELIEVERS ARE NOT MANIFESTING RICHES
FAILURE TO WORK:
God blesses us with ideas to create wealth (Deut. 8:18) and when we execute the ideas He blesses the work of our hands (Deut. 28:12). However, some believers are poor because they do not work. Work is turning what God has given you into productive use. If one will be rich, God must bless the work of one’s own hands. As believers we must be able to turn ideas into wealth creation. However, the ability to create wealth out of ideas is the problem of many believers. Everyone has a gift from God to create wealth (Pro. 18:16), there are no empty hands in God, yet there are many idle hands in church. Man was created a worker. “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it” (Gen 2:15 KJV). Man was also created to be fruitful; being fruitful is work (Gen. 1:28). Many have obeyed the “biology” (giving birth to children) of “Be fruitful” but not the “physics” (work) of it. God actually put Adam in the garden to work. It was only after the fall that work was associated with toil. There is money everywhere, except that people are looking for it at the wrong places. Making money as a believer is not magic, one must work (see Pro. 19:15). Any activity which multiplies money is magic not work and it will not last (Pro. 13:11). One’s educational level will not necessarily give one wealth; one must work for the blessing that makes rich to manifest (Pro. 10:22).
“There Are No Empty Hands In God, Yet There Are Many Idle Hands In Church”
Many Christians are just lazy; being born again is not to be free from work. Some believers have misinterpreted Matt. 11:28. “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28 KJV). However, the following verse throws more light. “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me…” (Matt 11:29 KJV). Jesus was promising peace in the midst of turbulence not endorsing laziness. To take up HisYoke means to assume His responsibility. Jesus endorses work. “But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work” (John 5:17 KJV). Some believers claim to be waiting on God; instead of working they sleep. The Bible admonishes us to learn from the ant, though it has no overseer it does not cease to work. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man” (Pro. 6:6-11 KJV). When one loves to sleep one will grow poor (Pro. 20:13, 24:30-34). Some also out of laziness leave their own businesses in the hands of people to manage for them. These managers often fail to deliver.
LACK OF MISSIONARY MOTIVES:
God blessed Father Abraham to be a blessing (Gen 12:2). In effect Father Abraham had a vision – missionary. Therefore if our rich inheritance in salvation is linked to Abraham, then we must do what he did – be evangelists. Some believers have an arrival mentality – build a house, own a car and a small business and settle. There is no vision to be rich to reach out to the many who are getting lost. Arrival mentality will not make you rich. God blesses us with a purpose and until we are deliberate with His purpose, we will not be blessed with wealth. We should not think of being rich before we become missionary minded, we can start with the little we have. By demonstrating our trust in God first, then He can thrust us with riches. God watches the heart of men (1 Sam. 16:7); once it is in your heart God will put it in your hands. The tithe is a sure way we demonstrate our trust in God and exhibit our missionary motive then God can bless us with overflow of wealth. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Mal 3:10 KJV). The tithe is God’s minimum for our maximum. In Zech. 1:17 we are taught God’s purpose for our wealth. “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad” (Zech 1:17 KJV). We are God’s cities set on a hill to influence a large majority at a go (Matt. 5:16).
God is ready to thrust wealth to those He can trust. God wants to beautify His Church. Our God is not poor. In Haggai, God says, “…I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts” (Hag 2:7-9 KJV). God owns all wealth, by His blessings we can grow from good measure to running over level (Luke 6:38).
Points for reflection:
Why are some Christians not manifesting the riches of Abraham?
Does born again mean no work?
What does it mean God will bless the work of my hands?