Power To Get The Wealth
The one thought this week that was most dominant in my mind was why does the church not really have biblical prosperity as the God desires we should have? It came to my mind concerning this issue. Some insights that may explain our lack of real prosperity.
The first one is that God made man in His image and that meant that, man had the empowerment (blessing) to replicate and mirror God on the earth. God created man to be a conduit more than he made him be a basket, through him would resources flow not be aggregated. God wanted man to be in a relationship with Himself and then through that begin to reflect the glory of that relationship on the natural as well as the spiritual realm. Man had the power and authority from God for this purpose.
Genesis 1:26-28 NKJV
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
God in His sovereignty gave Adam all power and authority to rule as His number two on the earth. This portion of scripture along with Psalm 8:4-6 gives evidence of God’s original intent for man, He was empowered and given authority on the earth. However, please notice the intent of the dominion, it was to rule under submission to God. The man was not to be independent but was to be a co-ruler with the Maker of the universe!
That means one of the reasons we get wealth is to the furtherance and pursuit of God’s plans and purposes. Wealth is a resource to get the job done. God knows that we cannot do a job with our hands tied or empty, so He provides three ingredients to Adam, Himself, a help-meet and the earth with all the bells and whistles for that very end.
Secondly, there is an idea I want to share with you that suggests that God owns everything and therefore can make any executive decision(s) about who gets what, as believers, we want the best of what our Father has to offer. For some, that might not mean wealth in the narrow sense we think of it. One of America’s Christian billionaire’s, David Green said the following; “I don’t care if you’re in business or out of business, God owns it,” *(Forbes 2012).
That’s saying a lot, God is the boss and He has every right to deal with us as He see’s fit especially in the area of wealth and riches. If this offends your sensibilities, it’s the truth. The sooner we are sincere and acknowledge this reality, God owns the whole earth and we are invited as guests to the party, we are not the owners.
Wealth is, therefore, a means and not an end. It is a resource to achieving the ultimate plan, save people whom God really, really loves!. God’s most important investment, human beings, made in His image. Dare I say real wealth is not money or any such kind we are likely to think of, but people rather!
Finally, Creflo Dollar shared this thought and I found it very provocative, he said if God cannot get it (wealth) through you, He won’t give it to you! That means we are stewards of any wealth, be it natural resources and spiritual endowments from God. Even the faith we are so proud about is a gift and a measure given to us by Him to keep us in fellowship with Him.
Romans 12:3 NKJV
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
As a young man in my early twenties, I would sit in my room imagine myself as a very rich and prosperous person with incredible wealth. It dawns on me, as I often mentor young ambitious people these days, their motives for acquiring wealth have nothing to do with growing His kingdom or fulfilling their life’s assignment. The accumulation of wealth is rather an egotistic and inclined towards a hedonistic life view.
It has become about getting as much as you can get so you can enjoy every fine thing your heart desire. I am not saying you are to live in a monk-like austerity, however, I contend that if our motives are anything but to fulfil the original intent as given in Genesis 1:26-28, we the remnant church are still living on the milk of the Word and not the meat as God desires.
Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV
“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
How ironic, that after all the hype, it is about Him and that He is a covenant-keeping God!
God bless you
Percival Dikobe (MBA, MAP, EDP)
Photo by: Greg Farrall – unsplash.com/@murrayc
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