Money, Money, Money!
What does being lukewarm have to do with money? Is it wrong to have money? Is it wrong to be rich? Are the rich the “lukewarm people” Jesus is talking about?
Firstly, there is nothing wrong with having money. We all have money to some degree or other. No one can function without some money, and not everyone that has money is considered rich.
Secondly, it is not wrong to be rich either. I know many rich people who are not lukewarm in their faith as to who Jesus is and they firmly believe He is the Creator revealed in Genesis.
The issue with being lukewarm is not about how much money a person has but the attitude of their hearts that has arisen as a result of becoming wealthy. It is the belief that they are okay and don’t need anything else that is the deception. It is the acquisition of wealth that brings people into the social status of the rich, which is predominantly anti the belief that Jesus is God and that He is the Creator. They are mostly of the opinion that God is unnecessary and faith in Him is frowned upon. Their value system is that of the world and not that of God, and it is in this environment that a believer finds themselves pressured into becoming lukewarm.
There is a deception in wealth which challenges a person’s internal belief concerning Jesus being the final authority and His Word being faithful and true. Education challenges the belief in God as creator and these two elements can bring a person into a lukewarm position. Jesus is not preaching against a person having wealth, He is warning them about the deception that comes against those who have wealth.
The deception of wealth is self-sufficiency and self-preservation. In this place a believer can lose sight of the value of eternity because the value of today has taken pre-eminence. Neither is wealth – financial riches and prosperity – the blessing of God. Please, never equate someone’s financial blessing as favour from God or that they are blessed of God. This is one of the biggest deceptions that leads people into a place of being lukewarm before God.
As God continues to deal with the Church concerning wealth and their attitude towards Him in the midst of their wealth, He begins to reveal that which is true wealth and prosperity.
Today I just want you to think about your own attitude towards money and your view of wealth and those who you consider to be rich. Where do you stand in the privacy of your own heart, and what do you say concerning money, riches, and wealth. Remember, in the midst of worldly wealth is the temptation to deny the truth and faithfulness of Jesus and who He is as Creator and God. where do you stand in your heart concerning these issues?
Till tomorrow …
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I enjoy reading your blogs.
I am battling to understand you saying that wealth does not come from the Lord and are not His blessings??
As I am guilty of being lukewarm when I see a friend with disease and no money yet are so faithful. I just question God why they have to battle so much? I know He is teaching us so much through them but my heart breaks for them and I pray God opens them doors to become financially stable. Will God not do this?
Sorry for the late response. Please don’t misunderstand the blog, or where I am coming from. If God did not want us wealthy I would be in trouble! It is not having wealth, lots of it, that is the issue God is dealing with. It is the persons dependence on money to provided for them rather than God and that the pursuit of money has its dangers in that it draws the heart away from God and the desires for His kingdom.
The Lord definitely desires for us to be wealthy, but it is to be wealthy in FAITH TOWARDS HIM, rather than to our own efforts, that He is looking for.
Very definitely, we need wealth in order to take care of those that are in need, and you do well when you do that! The greatest blessing is to be in a position where you have money, lots of it, and you know how to use it properly, which is to advance His kingdom.
Also, go back and read all the blogs from Lukewarm no more to Eternal glory as they should be read together for a clearer picture. it is difficult to portray such a vast subject in a few short blogs. The blogs are there just to make us think and question where we are and what we believe. So thank you for thinking and asking 🙂
Remember, being lukewarm is not about being rich, it is about what you believe about Jesus being the AMEN, and that He is the absolute authority – His Word stands above all, and your belief about creation.
Have fun in your journey seeking the Lord and the truth that is in Him. Keep your heart captivated by Him and He will lead you into His truth. None of us know everything as we should, which means we all need each other to mature.
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Have a blessed and wonderful time as you walk through this life Jesus has blessed you with.
Would like to find a way to become financially independent
Sorry for the late reply. Becoming financially free is definitely possible. My road to freedom came through the books of Robert Kiyosaki and i recommend you read them. Then let the Lord guide you, through the desires of your own heart to the place where you find your financial freedom. And always remember this, do everything in the spirit of joy and peace, even when it looks like nothing is ever going to happen. It is a journey, not a race or a sprint. Enjoy the journey, treat it like an adventure. Rejoice always.
Lots of love and blessing.