Re-post: me Me ME MEEEEEEEEE!

by MullOverThis

Nope, I’m not warming up for a vocal audition. I’m warming up for this blog entry. So okay people, here we go……………

While reading Matthew 13 today, I stumbled across a passage I’ve read a million times. The familiar passage was about a farmer sowing grain and what happens to the seed when it falls on different types of ground. What struck me most was the following in verse 22:

The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life and the lure of wealth, so no crop is produced.

Today it had new meaning as God used the aforementioned passage to answer a burning question I had on my heart, which was why, despite such displays of power and promises of prosperity, a certain brand of Christianity didn’t seem to truly reflect Biblical Christianity. To be extremely honest, I have a major concern with the sector of the faith that primarily focuses on prosperity, miracles, and blessings…all the time. While I am a firm believer in all of those and believe in the power of the Holy Spirit, I could not understand why despite all of the supposed displays of God’s power, the scales seemed to tip heavily on the side of gifts and light on the side of fruit. This is as opposed to churches which preach more on Christ and the kingdom and in turn seem to be more progressive in character. So where is Waldo in this? The disparity could be due to the fact that a Christ-centered gospel has been replaced with a Me-centered gospel.

What was made clear to me was that when we begin to look to God primarily to fix all of our problems and give us all that we want, we begin to crowd out, as Matthew 13:22 says, the Good News. This constant need to have the perfect life and be happy (not to be confused with joy which is not circumstantial), this constant need to have every single prayer answered with a yes, this continual need to give an offering in church to get something monetary in return versus understanding it is our obligation to support the work of Christ, causes us to crowd out the Good News and thus no crop is produced. Don’t mistake the expected crop for new cars and houses, wives and husbands, lions, tigers and bears (oh my!). That crop is the fruit we must bear to demonstrate the power of a transforming gospel. That crop is a renewed mind and the power to walk in that newness to show people the way of Christ.

When we serve God to meet our needs instead of meeting His needs, we have it backwards, and that is why we can sit under what we call the anointing, have an emotional experience, always talk about miracles and blessings, then go home and nothing inside of us has changed.  Some of us live day-to-day in disappointment because nothing spectacular has happened or no one has given us a self-aggrandizing prophecy when that is not the daily reality we are called to. According to Matthew 23:37-40, God wants us to live this way:

… “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

All the other commandments hinge on those two? Wow, they must be important! The key word is love, which the Bible says is the mark of a true Christian, not your bank account, not having everything the way you want it, and not being puffed up in pride because you have access to the pastor (who has a life outside of the congregation by the way!). None of those things are impressive and none of those things guarantee spending eternity with the Father. And when we put first things first, half of the things we call problems wouldn’t be problems because we would either own our wrongdoing and change the way we do things, or we would have a different perspective and handle our situations better on the front end. If we put first things first, we wouldn’t always need a miracle to do things people who don’t believe in Christ do as second nature. We would learn that everything is not up in the sky and that the purpose of learning heavenly principles is to be an effective earthly example.

My dear friends, I hope you are not too offended by what I’ve written. I don’t want any of us to become like the Corinthians, flowing in gifts of every sort but bearing no fruit. I want you to live your best life and stop going in circles trying to have all of your problems magically solved. Take things one day at a time, let God transform you, seek His kingdom first, and when you take care of His business, He will take care of yours. And guess what people? THAT is prosperity!

Adios y Dios te bendiga!

*Disclaimer-I do not believe in taking a vow of poverty but  I also do not believe in taking a vow of greed. Over and out!

 

Authored by my homegirl, and you know she’s got it going on.

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