The things of the Kingdom of God are not meat nor drink… but righteousness, peace and joy in the Spirit. (Ro 14:17) Kingdom motives and desires are not focused on the material things of this world. James said, we have not because we ask not and that we received not because we asked amiss… to consume it upon our own lusts (desires). When we seek the Kingdom of God our requests and expectations should be Kingdom oriented… too, serve God and those around us… not to be consumed upon our own lust… desires. Our heart’s desires will change if we are born again… as New Creations… we have new expectations and purpose.
Riches are a burden… with them comes responsibility for their PROPER use. Christ told the rich-man to FIRST go and sell all he had and give it to the poor… then, he could follow him. That rich-man found it hard and could not do it… because his heart was not focused on Christ but his wealth. The wealthy Christian has a duty and responsibility to administer his wealth… NOT FOR HIS OWN GOOD… but for that of the Kingdom of God and it’s righteousness… for all those in the Kingdom.
The early Church held all things in COMMON… they held their earthly possessions for the good of all in a state of COMMONWEALTH… there it kept for distribution to all as the Spirit and need directed… Deacons were appointed over the wealth too ensure that it was used for Godly purposes; being distributed to individuals in need and for the purposes of evangelizing… Godly purposes. Today, the topic of commonwealth is a very touchy topic… bordering on such concepts as communism. However the commonwealth of God is not directed for the purposes of men (communist motives and power) but for those of the Church.. the Body of Christ. The difference is subtle but great… dividing the soul from the spirit… the will of man from that of God.
Let us consider our wealth… understanding that prosperity and wealth are not always the same… and generally are not. Prosperity, is a state of well being… of abundant life. Abundant life is not measured by the amount of things one possess but by the JOY and PEACE… the righteousness one experiences in their life.
I have seen the poor of this world in prosperity… the wealthiest men can never attain. I have seen the sun baked mud huts of the poor filled with joy and peace, and the whited marble halls of the rich filed with deceit and sorrow… where then is prosperity? Is it in the things of the world or the love, joy, peace and righteousness of the Spirit?
May God grant you true prosperity… and may the Kingdom of God dwell richly in each of you today, tomorrow and forever. Amen.