Let me address a popular misconceived notion. Knowing God is not a gateway to riches. Although we can be blessed and enjoy prosperity with God, it is not the goal of knowing God.
In fact, the goal presented by Jesus is entirely different. Jesus on numerous occasions mentions that we should leave everything behind, never look back, and then follow Him fully committed.
So is it possible to prosper with God? Absolutely, but it comes as a result of following and obeying God. Listen to what Mark 10:29-30 says:
“So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.”
Jesus states that whatever we forsake for Him and the sake of the Gospel, we will receive multiplied now in this lifetime and later in the kingdom.
I want to caution you at this advice. Although Jesus refers to leaving behind the things of the world, He is not interested in the action of leaving things behind. He’s interested in your heart.
Of what value is it if a person lusts over the things after leaving them behind? None whatsoever. Jesus is interested in a heart purged of the world. Your spiritual condition is far more important than any physical action you take.
So to pursue God because we want to gain from the world is wrong and will end up in disappointment. Instead, God calls us to let go of the world and come close to Him.
This kind of deep release from the world to treasure God is the greatest act of love we can have God. And it is an act that results in finding the living breathing Word of God in ourselves. This is how Jesus explains it in John 10:25-26:
“He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
If any man serves Me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be: if any man serves Me, him will My Father honor.”
In other words, if we relinquish the ways of the world for the absolute love and worship of God we will find our Godly life with Jesus which follows us into the kingdom.
In a state of servitude, God will honor us with inner knowledge. An inner wisdom that allows us to experience Him so we can follow Him and do His work.
But, remember your spiritual condition is far more important than getting rid of things. All material possessions can surround you, but if your unending affection is toward God, then God will be the treasure you seek to keep.
The Labor That Produces The Presence Of God
Today we start with the eternal wisdom of God and how He cares for us. So get your Bible now and open it to Matthew 6:25. If you need time to get your bible you can pause this audio now.
Let’s read together verses 25 and 26:
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Jesus states that the animals of the world don’t labor or work yet God feeds them. Then He goes on to say that we, His human creation, are far more important than animals.
Do you understand the implication of His words? Jesus states that we don’t need to labor, or work, to have our needs met. By saying this, He goes against the curse that came upon us through Adam and Eve.
If you contemplate on what Jesus is saying, you’re going to come to the conclusion that He is talking about a pre-curse life.
So is that possible? How can God meet our needs without us laboring for it? The answer is found a few verses later in Matthew 6:33. Let’s read it together:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
This verse reveals God’s view of an intimate relationship between Him and us. Now let’s look at this verse in the Greek. The word, “kingdom” was translated from “bas-li-i-ah” (phonetic) which means royal power, dominion, or rule.
This word should not be confused with the physical location of a kingdom, or heaven, but instead, it is the ruling power of God. So the word kingdom in this verse describes the realm of God or the power of God over creation.
Now, look at the word “righteousness.” This word is translated from the Greek word dika-yo-soo’-nay (phonetic) which means to be in a state acceptable to God. The only way we can be in a state acceptable to God is if His nature dwells us. He can’t consider anything else as acceptable, or righteous, other than Himself.
A Christian who sins does not live in a state of righteousness. A state of righteousness is a state of holiness produced by three things, His sanctifying blood for the forgiveness of sin, the delivery of the Holy Ghost, and the inner cultivation of His Holy Word. Without those three ingredients, it’s impossible to produce holy thoughts, words, and deeds that God could deem righteous, or to be in His likeness.
Think about it, if a person has been saved and even given the Holy Ghost but rarely reads the Bible chances are the world guides them, not God. One example of this is the statistic of church-going men. Nearly 75% of all church-going men admit to regularly visiting pornographic websites. They are not producing holy thoughts or actions.
Though a person is saved, God could not declare a life of sin to be in His likeness, or righteous. So in this verse, Jesus is telling us that we need to seek the realm of God or His presence, and that His nature has to dwell in us as His righteousness. The state of holiness requires us to be saved, given the Holy Ghost, and for us to be spiritually empowered by His Holy Word.
The answer to the question, “How can God meet our needs without us laboring for it?” is contained in Matthew 6:33.
You see, everything in the universe is subject to God because He’s the creator, and if the ruling power dwells in us more preeminently the creation around us is subject to that power. So creation will tend to your needs because His ruling power in you has dominion over it.
I want to make a significant distinction before we move on. The kind of labor Jesus is talking about in Matthew 6:25 – 26 is not the kind of work most of the world engage in to fulfill their needs.
The kind of work Jesus refers to produces a more significant presence of God in us. Jesus continually explained the type of labor that provides the presence of God in us is diligent study and meditation of His word.
This kind of dedication changes our inner being with the thoughts of God presented by the cultivation of the Holy Scripture within us. It produces a spring of life in us. It is the bread of life that feeds the hungry soul. It quenches our spiritual thirst and fills our mind with light.
In other verses, Jesus compares this type of diligent activity to a tree that produces fruit that multiplies. The message is similar to saying we are to “seek the realm of God and His righteousness” so that everything else “shall be added to us.”
When His word becomes alive in you like the natural thought of your mind, the world and everything in it becomes unappealing. All material possession pales by comparison to the majestic Living Word. His voice carries life, light, and clear understanding wrapped in supernatural love that edifies mind and the body.
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