Prosperity and the Church
This world is not eternal, so why would we keep our treasure in a place that will die? The church of Laodiceans did exactly that. God says that he will spit them out like a lukewarm drink.
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth.”
He says He wishes they were one hot or cold. He wants all or nothing– total abandon and surrender. We have to choose. Do we choose the world or eternity?
“For you say, ‘I’m rich; I have become wealthy and need nothing,’ and you don’t realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined in the fire so that you may be rich, white clothes so that you may be dressed and your shameful nakedness not be exposed, and ointment to spread on your eyes so that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be zealous and repent.”
They were trying to rely on themselves, but God is beckoning them to rely on Him. He wants them to see that they don’t have anything that will last– nothing that is worth holding onto. The more we are tied here, the less we will have in eternity. Are we going to rely on our own wealth? Where will we put our treasure?
Would we be willing to have nothing in this world?
Our wealth isn’t here. Our treasure in heaven will never fade. The treasure we keep on earth is tied to the earth, yet the treasure we keep in heaven is eternal and with the King.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Where is our treasure?
“To the one who conquers I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.”
The one that conquers what? The one that conquers his flesh or rather lets the Lord conquer it. He will sit with the King. Will we crucify our flesh and cut the ties to this world? Are we all in?
“I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”