God wants to give us everything – even riches.
In the Bible it says, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9)
Trusting God more than one’s own possessions
Who has not already heard of the so-called prosperity gospel? Churches and congregations argue about it.
Jesus does not damn the rich in and of themselves, but rather the love of money.
Those who trust God less than their own riches are serving idols. This is an atrocity to God.
Many know the concept of the poverty gospel of nuns, monks, Mother Teresa or St. Francis of Assisi.
The poverty gospel has been preached to us for centuries.
Often the following statement by Jesus is quoted (Mark 10:24b-25): “Children, how hard it is for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
Being rich to give to others
And those who put God first, will experience what it says in Matthew 6:33:
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Jesus not only took away all our sins, he also healed all our illnesses. He also wants us to have everything to live a God-fearing life and all means necessary so that his kingdom can be built. He wants us to be rich so that we can give to others.
Jesus, the Son of God, said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35.
And the economic system of God stands precisely on this foundation. Happy givers are those who can experience an enormous blessing from God. They pass on the blessing to the poor, or to spread the gospel.
I see the goodness of God here in a very special way, with a very practical effect. He gave us everything when he gave us his Son, even riches. That was without any special conditions or small print.
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