I have been reading a very good book on Evangelism by Reinhard Bonnkie called Time is running out. It is a powerful book on how and why we as a church and as individuals should be involved in Evangelism. As I was reading I came across a passage that he wrote on prosperity. I thought that I would share it with you who have not got the book and would like to see his thoughts.
He says on page 115:
” Jesus assures us. Whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. (john 16:23) This promise relates to the work of God. God promises attention to our call when we obey His call. We can ask whatever we want so long as it is in accordance with His will. His promise does not mean that God is waiting to take orders from us. He is not a waiter at our table. Or a kind of genie that we can call up by rubbing a magic lamp.
He does not promise to fill our wallets and bank accounts. He has never undertaken to make His servants rich, with rings on our fingers flashing as we drive our luxury cars. What we ask is for the kingdom. Jesus said we should not focus on things, but on the Kingdom. Do not misunderstand me, material goodness is no more wrong for Christians than the sun and the stars, but material possessions have no eternal value. More important is that “Goodness ad mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”(Psalm 23:6) But goodness and mercy follow only when we follow the Lord.”
This is a very well balanced view by this famous and effective evangelist to Africa and one that I simply had to share with my readers. It’s a piece of writing that I want to come back to time and time again and so I post it here as an article. Reinhard is saying that material wealth is okay to have, but material possessions have no eternal value. The only value your wealth can have essentially for the kingdom of God, is the money you give to the kingdom for the proliferation of the gospel. It would be safe to say that you would never catch this preacher with an expensive ring and you would never catch him driving his own luxury car as he sees these things as a waste of God’s money.
From a man that is saving millions and millions of people in Africa every year that he is there, this quote is a sobering statement to the modern prosperity lie and gospel be preached around the globe today.
Be at peace.