John 14:14– if ye shall ask anything in my name I will do it.
Question: How many times does God have to say something in order for it to be true? Just once….right? Yet, Jesus repeats his statement in verse 14 to let people know that God is serious when He says “anything”.
So why is it that we are afraid to ask God for big things? Is it because we don’t think He will do it? Or because we don’t want the responsibility of those big things? Or is it because someone has poisoned our minds with the notion that we can not ask for more because if God makes us rich we might get our eyes off of Him and on to the riches. Honey, I have news for you: you can walk away from God with twenty dollars in your pocket just as easy as you can with 57 billion! It is not how much you have…. it is how much you value what you have. Jesus never put a limit on what we can ask. I personally believe that God can keep anyone even if He makes you filthy rich (see the Cathy Brothers part of the Chick-fil-A family). And there is not a Scripture in the Holy Writ that says that God’s people can’t own houses, buy land, move out of the ghetto to a better place, live roach free, and have enough money to get you two sandwiches instead of just one (because you can only afford one). No! Christians would rather drive a ford explorer that is going to give out in just a couple of days instead of a Benz. Is anything too hard for the Lord? Brothers and sisters, being broke is of the devil!!! That is not the will of God for any Christian on God’s planet. We are to lend to others. We are the ones who our teenagers should aspire to be like. Not Hollywood. What do they have to offer? Well, to the teenager it is a whole lot more than what the Christian has to offer. Because of that Dark Age theology of “be happy where you are and never try to get better…..just listen to the priest and you are on your way to Heaven”. What if Martin Luther had this mentality? We would probably still be paying to get our dear old grandmother out of purgatory! Nonsense!
Don’t get me wrong…..if you want to use what Paul said: “I have learned to abound, i have learned to suffer want” against this abundant way of life; please remember: he was never encouraging Christians to go through life without money. You see it is not wrong…..when God makes you rich! Remember, God doesn’t live in the ghetto. In Heaven: The streets are made (not paved) of gold. That is gold so pure you can see right through it. Precious stones, make up the FOUNDATIONS of the wall of the city and I can just imagine what the throne is made of!!!
If I had the ability to give my kids money i definitely would. Wouldn’t you? Of course we teach them how to manage it. That is not where i am going with it. Where i am going is are we more generous than God? Jesus said anything……you can limit him if you want…..but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord knowing that He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants! And when God makes you rich, you don’t have to be ashamed! You don’t have to compromise. Our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, the silver, and the gold. He doesn’t mind sharing. After all we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. And it has already been paid for by the Blood! Hallelujah!
The Great Exchange
He became sin
So that I could become righteous
He bore my sicknesses and grief
So that I would not have to bear sickness and grief
He was made poor
So that I could be made rich….Mind, Soul, and Body!
Christ did not just die to save our soul. He came so that we could have life and that more abundantly!