Somewhere along the way, many moons ago, the stigma or the idea of what “the church” or the “Christian” ought to look like has become so different than what Jesus taught, that most of the world is confused about it.
There is a generation or a society that believes that in order to be a “good Christian” one must be “humbled” (which the perception is to walk with the head down like a pig, not causing any commotion in the marketplace or anywhere for that matter), they are to live poorly, not be “well to do” and not be too outspoken.
I’m not sure when this picture of a “good or godly Christian” started, but it sure does not do justice to the picture the Bible teaches. In fact, it’s the total opposite. We do not have to live a beggarly lifestyle while here on this earth and just wait until we all get to heaven to begin to experience the benefits of our salvation.
In Matthew 6:10, Jesus told us to pray “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” In heaven, He will “wipe away all tears from our eyes” (Rev. 21:4), so here on earth we can pray and believe to receive “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Pet. 1:8). Healing, prosperity and all the other benefits of heaven are ours here on earth to the degree that we can believe and receive them.
After all, Peter 1:3 tells us that God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. So if God has given us all things, if we are to pray for God’s kingdom to come and establish his will on earth as it is in heaven, they why do we have to think that we must be beggars, vagabonds and no good for nothing, nice Christians while on earth?
The tragedy of our blessing to have freedom of religion and the freedom to form our own conclusions of our biblical understanding (without research) is that we tend to interpret and validate the truth of the Scriptures by and based on our experiences. Can I remind you that our experiences do not validate the authenticity of the Scriptures?
The Word of God is the Word of God and it works every time. This is why the kingdom of God works every time. When it doesn’t work, then something is short-circuiting the flow of his power. It is then our responsibility to find out where the obstruction is and remove it.
God wants you to prosper. His kingdom and his will are not poor in any area whatsoever. In fact, this is the very reason why we pray, isn’t it? We believe that God has the answers to every question and the solution to every problem we have.
Therefore, we must get to the point where we seek to do his will and be opened to experience and demonstrate while living the kingdom of God. His kingdom is His will.
Make it a great day!