Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 76)
Rich & Prosperous
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV)
I don't use Wikipedia often, but it does offer a good history on the notable popularity of prosperity doctrine with Christians.* Yet it makes sense if you think about it. Combine God's Word (taken out of context) with the sanctified temptations of wealth... and voila! Saints get the best of both worlds. They live the high life both here and beyond.
I name no names, since judging is God's job. He knows our hearts and how riches are used. Yet He warned us: 'It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God' (Mark 10:25, NASB).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Please consider two contrasting thoughts.
1) Jesus is clearly our Example, and we are ordered to copy Him. Unlike handsome stars who portray Him, Jesus chose to look ordinary.** He had no fancy education, occupation or prestigious home. Our Role Model showed a simple Life.
2) I've known just enough bucks and bounty to realize how empty they are. True riches and real prosperity can't be earned or bought like treasure chests. They're in Christ. They're love, hope, joy and kin; they're a passion that will never fade.
To Be Continued...
* Wikipedia on prosperity theology: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_theology
** 'He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His Appearance that we should desire Him' (Isaiah 53:2, NIV).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.