MONEY IN YOUR POCKET – PART 3
Kingdom Economic Recovery / Poverty Eradication Program – 3
We have established in our two previous discussions that salvation includes being rich. Salvation does not make us only righteous but it eradicates poverty from our lives (See 2 Cor. 5:21, 2 Cor. 8:9). We have learnt that through the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, poverty was crucified as well. The crucifixion of Jesus, among others delivered us from the curse of poverty which was imposed on Adam at the fall. We are liberated from the attacks of the devil and manipulation of the oppressor as a result of our vulnerability which is a product of poverty. Hence, we are blessed with abundant life which includes making, retaining and extending riches (See John 10:10). This blessing of riches is connected to Father Abraham (Gal. 3:9, 13-14). Children of God are to be rich to reach out to others (missionary) just like Father Abraham whom God blessed to become a blessing (see Gen. 12:2). However, we still see some committed Christians not manifesting the riches of Father Abraham or living in poverty. In our discussion today, we seek to know the reason why some Christians though very committed with the work of God are not manifesting the riches of Father Abraham, if indeed salvation enriches.
FOUR LEVELS OF WEALTH – LUKE 6:38.
Jesus taught about four levels of wealth creation, according to Luke 6:38. “Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over” (Luke 6:38 KJV).
- Good measure. What one has is good enough. One is satisfied with what one has. No lack but no investment.
- Press down. This is savings level.
- Shaken together. This is Investment. Turning the saved money in a profit making venture.
- Running over. When one begins to reap from one’s investment.
Many believers are operating at the good enough level but that is not the riches Father Abraham manifested. Every believer must be operating in running over level.
“Your Attitude to Money is your Attitude to Life, No More, No Less”
WHY ARE SOME CHRISTIANS STILL POOR?
There are various reasons why some Christians are still poor and not manifesting the riches of Abraham but the chief reason is DISHONOUR. Some Christians disrespect and disregard God knowingly or unknowingly. Some believers have no place for God in their lives and businesses. So with this attitude, can God trust you with His money? Note this, “YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS MONEY IS YOUR TRUE ATTITUDE IN LIFE.” Jesus puts it this way, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt 6:21 KJV).Jesus links one’s heart (center of one’s life) with one’s money; one’s pulse and one’s purse. Can God trust us enough to thrust wealth to us? God wants to give us money but He first needs our trust. Adam lost the trust of God as a result he lost the whole garden.
In the garden, God told Adam; “…you are free to eat everything but keep this for me” (Gen. 2:16-17). Adam was to reserve God’s portion, but he failed. He dishonoured God. Before God can give us abundant riches, we must first honour Him and prove faithful with the small riches He initially gives us. “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” (Luke 16:10-11 KJV). Can we be trustees of God’s money? God thrusts His riches with those He trusts.
To earn God’s trust, we must be faithful to honour Him with the little we earn. We must be faithful with our tithe. In respect to the tithe, when we earn it, God has earned it. The tithe is God’s reserved portion (Lev. 27:30). It is God’s ownership right over us. What belongs to authority must be treated with honour. Adam disobeyed God. Disobedience is the height of dishonour. It is one sin that challenges God. God gave Adam everything in the garden and He only asked for one tree; the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 2:16); which in principle is God’s portion and Adam disobeyed. He ate (stole) God’s portion. Stealing from a higher authority is an attitude of gross Disrespect. The tithe is for God, eating it or spending it is robbing God. If you rob God, He will derobe you – nakedness. We saw the effect on Adam and Eve as they manifested the curse of poverty.
Another example of dishonour to God in the bible is exhibited by Hophni and Phinehas, the sons of Eli the High priest (1 Sam. 2:12-25). Besides the many sins they committed, they also dishonored God by stealing the reserved portions of meat sacrifices offered to God. It is worth noting that it was during this period that the ark of God was captured from Israel (1 Sam. 4:11). Hophni and Phinehas were eventually slain. They stole and ate God’s portion.
On the contrary Father Abraham honoured God, no wonder he was the first rich man mentioned in the bible. When Abraham had returned victoriously from war and delivered his brother, Lot, from the hands of the enemies, he paid tithe to his Pastor, Melchizedek, King of Salem. Again, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac to Him and he obeyed (Gen 22:1-3). By these actions of obedience from Abraham, he earned God’s trust. God thrusted His wealth to Abraham (Gen. 15ff). Obedience is the proof of honour.
RESULTS OF DISHONOURING GOD
God calls anyone who eats His tithe, a robber (Mal. 3:8). He sends His army to devour every robber. “That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten” (Joel 1:4 KJV). The above scripture refers to a series of wasteful expenditures. To devour is to eat, consume or spend wastefully. The curse of poverty is imposed on every robber of God (Zec. 5:3-4).
We are only stewards and trustees of God’s money. One can be offering other sacrifices but if one eats God’s portion; the tithe; one has disrespected and dishonored God. He will send devourers to devour one. When we honour God, He reveals to us kingdom golden secrets to make wealth (see Mal. 3:10, Isa. 45:3)
Points for reflection:
Why are some Christians poor?
What is God’s portion?
What is the consequence of eating God’s portion?