“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:13, 14 NLT )
In the world famous sermon on the mount mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew from Chapters 5 to 7, Jesus Christ, the greatest teacher history has ever witnessed, taught numerous lessons which are highly relevant even in this 21st Century. From a person with the highest echelon to a person of the lowest social status, Christ’s teachings have a great importance in the person’s whole life. The only difference among the people in this world is that some choose the way to life, and others the way to destruction. If you still complaint and murmur, have no gratitude, are always dissatisfied, find fault in everything, you are no better than an unbeliever. The Christian world today is facing a crucial false teaching with the sobriquet, the prosperity gospel. This teaching is opposed to the words of Jesus, and even to the whole Bible.
The Bible never teaches us to become rich. But it yet speaks of a God who gives us our daily requirements from His heavenly treasure. If you desire to make more money, it clearly shows your attitude concerning wealth. It shows how much you depend on the money you have for your daily needs. But do you know you can ask God in Christ’s name for anything that you need in life? Does this mean I can ask God for some oranges and suddenly angels will visit me with the same? No, it is not that way! But it means God will give you the goodness and blessings you need to get what you require.
“The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:10 NIV) What are the good things in life? Is it prosperity, wealth, luxuries and fame? No, it is peace of mind, joy, satisfaction and security. It is hope in God that He will take care of us. It is trust in God that He will protect our dear ones no matter wherever they are, even if on the moon. It is assurance that we are blessed abundantly with all the heavenly blessings received through Christ. We willfully ignore our small desire to have wealth, when it is so small and quiescent. But it when it develops, it makes us its slaves.
Remember what Jesus said, the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult. There is no wonder why there is a serious paucity in the number of people who truly follow Christ by abiding in His commands. There is no topic in the Bible which we can avoid or consider as peripheral. Heaven is exclusively reserved for those who walk through the narrow way in this side of reality.
I am not against wealth. But my aim in this article is to encourage my readers to give first priority to Christ. We all need money to pay the bills, do shopping, buy medicines and the list is long. But let us pause for a moment and consider whether we are depending on our wealth or trusting in God. Will we trust in God when our bank balance is zero and our wallets are empty? Money is not evil. In true words, wealth is a blessing if we have the correct attitude concerning it. What do you think?