The Nature of God does not depict poverty therefore if He is not poor, He will not desire His children to live in poverty (Ps 35:27). The devil came to steal, to kill and to destroy; poverty is a killer; but God through Jesus Christ came to transform our lives and give us riches (John 10:10). I can truthfully say poverty has sent more, and continues to send more people to hell than riches have. Most of the crimes in our communities are perpetuated by poverty, because the difficulties and discomfort accompanied with poverty push people to commit evil. Eg. Armed robbery, prostitution, sakawa (fraud and blood money). There is a notion that, the poorer one is, the closer one is to heaven. This notion is erroneous because it has no biblical base. It is possible to be madly in love with God and also be dangerously rich. The Bible clearly states that there is material reward for one’s pursuit of God. (See Matt. 6:33, Heb. 11:6). If Salvation liberates us and gives us comfort, then until my salvation affects my total wellbeing, it is meaningless. Aside Spiritual benefits, there is also material reward for the pursuit of God (John 1:14, Mark 10:28-30). Both the rich and poor will go to heaven, but as children of God we have a right to material benefit here on earth.
OUR RICH HERITAGE
Outside the Garden of Eden, Adam became the first poor man in the Bible whereas Abraham was the first rich man mentioned in the Bible. Abraham was described as wealthy and powerful (Gen. 12:2, Gen 18:18). “And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold” (Gen 13:2 KJV). When Christ came to redeem us, our redemption was connected to Abraham and not Adam, a clear indication of our wealthy status. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law… That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Gal 3:13-14). Some are of the opinion that wealth/riches causes us to sin, however, though Abraham was very wealthy, he is in heaven (Luke 16:22). When one’s wealth causes one to sin, then one is not truly born-again. The Church must be rich to promote the agenda of God on earth (soul winning, spreading the gospel). This is why Satan fights prosperity in the church. We can talk about everything in church; e.g. healing, deliverance, impartation etc; but the worldly cannot stand a rich church. There is a major agenda by Satan to fight prosperity in the church. God provides wealth to enhance the life of the believer. Any believer, who is rich and not humble but proud, is not a true believer. The Church needs to talk about prosperity to empower believers to save many from perishing. God said concerning Abraham, “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (Gen 12:2 KJV). God clearly states the purpose of Abraham’s riches, thou shalt be a blessing – missionary. So if our redemption connects to Abraham’s riches then the purpose should be the same; missionary – we are supposed to be rich missionaries; Ambassadors of wealth.
“If my spirituality cannot
put food on my table,
I don’t want it”.
THE MANIFESTO OF JESUS – POVERTY ERADICATION PROGRAM / KINGDOM ECONOMIC RECOVERY
Now let us examine why Jesus came. There are a number of people who love God yet very poor. Jesus Christ came with an economic recovery program to eradicate poverty and transform them from their poverty. This agenda is captured in Luke 4:18-19. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19). This manifesto/agenda can be grouped into six thematic areas:
1. Preaching of the gospel to the poor
2. Healing the broken hearted
3. Deliverance to the captives
4. Recovering of sight to the blind
5. Setting at liberty them that are bruised
6. Preaching the acceptable year of the Lord
Top on Jesus’ manifesto is poverty eradication, He had the financial anointing. The major anointing on Jesus was to make people rich. No wonder Jesus attracted a lot of poor people during His earthly ministry and even today, He still attracts the poor. 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 is not intended to make the poor poorer rather enrich them. Any teaching of the gospel that is not aimed at changing the poor to be rich is incomplete. Jesus carries a certain grace that is intended to make us rich. “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich” (2 Cor 8:9 KJV). The grace one carries makes one who one is. Grace and Anointing are synonymous. Grace is God’s facility for your industry and anointing is God’s lubricant for your industry, Jesus came with both to make us rich.
The poorer you are, the closer you are to hell. Poverty has sent many people to hell than riches. Grace makes one rich. Seek Jesus Christ and benefit from the Gospel that makes one rich.
Points for reflection:
• Who was our redemption linked to and how?
• What was first on Jesus’ manifesto?
• What are the thematic areas of Jesus’ manifesto?