In yesterday’s post, I linked to this article…
Reading and sharing this perspective prompted some great discussions all day long. One recurring theme that I have heard is this…
He blesses the faithful, so therefore, there is truth to the message of these, and other, prosperity preachers.
To that I say…”please define ‘bless’.”
We live in a very affluent culture in this country, and even Canada and Europe. Very. The North American Church (the collective Jesus followers) is a very affluent subculture as well. In our affluence, I fear that we have somehow equated this wealth with blessing. And thus, those who “have” have been blessed.
What about those who have not? Are they then not blessed?
This is where I wonder about our definition of “blessed.”
There are countless stories if those who have gone to the grave penniless and sometimes hungry and cold because they served faithfully the call God gave them. There are millionaires who served faithfully the call God gave them while neither being hungry or cold until the day of their death. Who did He “bless?”
There are even stories of those who go to the grave penniless because they squandered all they owned on creature comforts to serve only themselves. And, then there are some who have made millions and given it all while living as paupers. Who was more “blessed?”
It gets a little gray, doesn’t it?
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Here’s the thing…He is God. I am not. Period.
Any other explanation makes it about me…
If I trust God more, He will “bless” me.
If I serve him more, He will heal me.
if I give him more, He will give me more.
Maybe sometimes you trust, serve, give… and you lose your job, your house, your health.
Maybe we live by the wrong definition of “bless.”
Quite honestly, this is where I think the prosperity preachers are wrong….
maybe “bless” has less to do with earthly things than any of us in North America realize.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ~Jesus Christ quoted in Matthew 6:19-21