“Then he told them this story: “The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: ‘What can I do? My barn isn’t big enough for this harvest.’ Then he said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll gather in all my grain and goods, and I’ll say to myself, Self, you’ve done well! You’ve got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!’ “Just then God showed up and said, ‘Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of goods—who gets it?’ “That’s what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God.”
We all know that this scripture above is the parable of the Rich Fool. So no need explaining it but what some don’t know is this; the parable is not against prosperity and wealth per se; it’s against prosperity and wealth WITHOUT JESUS/GOD AT THE CENTRE AND CORE OF IT.
Money is good; wealth is good; prosperity is very beneficial to both the kingdom and individually. If you think it is not, try lack and poverty. Hence we have Deuteronomy 8:18 saying “…Remember that God , your God, gave you the strength to produce all this wealth so as to confirm the covenant that he promised to your ancestors”
Wealth, riches and prosperity belongs to God, so when next you hear someone preaching about prosperity, don’t be quick to hush or condemn, rather(as a good bible student…selah! that is if you are oooo!!!!….hahahaaa!!!)listen to Two very important things;
1.The method of acquiring Prosperity
2. The spending of the prosperity acquired .
These two will tell you a lot about the prosperity being preached like in the Rich Fool parable and with these the Devil has a created another Midway House of Illusion in our time.
Deuteronomy 8:18 says “…so as to confirm the covenant that he promised…”
So the question; what is the Covenant?
Prosperity is a part, one of the terms of the Covenant and not the whole Covenant.
What is the Covenant?
Deuteronomy 6:5 says “Love God , your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!”
And Luke 10:27 says “He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?” He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”
This is the Covenant and nothing more.
So what is the Midway House Illusion here?:
Probably because of the hard and harsh economic situation or not, or maybe out of greed and in-depth selfishness, Christians seek the acquisition of wealth by whatever means and ways of their liking and choosing regardless of God’s righteous demands and expectations from us…Matthew 5:48 “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”…and then spend “majority” of it on their lust, greed and personal satisfaction…James 4:3 “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
And finally take a little part called either “Tithe”, “Offering” or whatsoever name we call it in our local assemblies, to the Church or directly to the Pastor to convince and deaden their consciences that they have fulfilled the Covenant of loving and serving God with their wealth.
There are three ways to acquire wealth namely:
The first two are defined and enacted as LAWS by us based on societal norms and regulations, subjective good and bad,communal co-existence, individual and collective rights and liberties and the perceived guidelines to ensure the general wellbeing of the State. All these are short sighted as expected, hence we update, repel and create new laws all the time to meet and match up with the ever changing dynamics of time and age.
The third is defined by God’s limitless, endless, unfathomable, unsearchable, eternal order that is not bound by time and yet defines time, transcending beyond life and time, generations after generations… (I lack words to express the rest because modern vocabulary and grammar cannot grasp the fringes of God’s multi-dimensional depth of knowledge and wisdom)
That is why there are legal ways to acquire wealth that are not righteous in God’s sight. Whilst the society recommends it, God frowns at it.
For instance, the Rich Fool acquired wealth the way the world teaches; by gathering more and more; yet God says in Proverbs 11:24-25 “The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.”
So when acquiring wealth does not fall in line with God’s Will and Word of Holiness and Righteousness regardless of its legality and legitimacy, You are a Rich Fool but you are living an illusion of being right with God.
Stay Tuned to Part B of Midway House of Illusion(Wealth); Spending the Prosperity acquired.