In this season, I learned from the Lord about how we fit into His divine plan in this world. It has been a fulfilling revelation. The Lord helped me put His kingdom, His church and us as individuals together like a jig-saw puzzle. We often, say “it is not about us” which means “don’t be self absorbed”; but we must not doubt that we are one of the centre pieces in God’s kingdom strategy. The difference is whether God puts us there, or we put ourselves there.
As a Pastor now for many years, I am aware of how Pastors and members do their best for their church in God’s kingdom. Our New Life Restoration Churches and our members have gone a long way since we started with six (6) people in 1981. Not only have we planted many churches in the nation and globally, many individuals have also been blessed and are a blessing to others in the church and in the nations.
The prosperous people we see today had their struggles that others do not know of. It’s in their private journey. Everything we have has a beginning; usually not easy. It is in my mind that we all understand the journey so that all may prosper in the Lord with our faith. The Bible says God has given us the ability (power) to make wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). This puts all on a level playing field. We can all trust God for an ability to make wealth. Our diligence is our responsibility. But when we make wealth do not forget it is still the Lord that has given us the ability. This takes care off pride.
Sometimes we receive a golden egg. It may be a good-paying job, an inheritance or a gift. It still is God that supplies. God does not have the currency we use. He gives us through human agency. Sometimes we are the ones that give the golden egg to another. We are givers. Most of us would rather give than receive. This is in the nature from God’s image in us. What happens when you receive and when you give?
When you receive, its source is ultimately God. We came with nothing into this world; we will leave the same way. Human agency is involved. Be thankful to people. Thank your employer, every giver, but also thank the Lord. Gratefulness opens up faith.
When you give, give with God before you. God does not ask us to give everything. For an example, He asks us to give a tithe to your church. It is giving back a portion of what He has given you in your ability to make wealth. This keeps our trust in God intact. If we do not put God before us in our giving, we will focus on us. We made the money. No need to think of others. We also think we deserve to keep every cent of it. But God says “Remember I gave you life. I also gave you ability to make wealth”.
Giving keeps our link to God. But let’s give with faith. He promises us this:
(Mark 10:28-30) Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!” I tell you the truth, Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields–and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.