We all know that God is in
the business of connecting people to success and wealth; we also know
that He connects and gives wisdom to acquire wealth to people with the
right kind of heart towards money and are willing to do Gods will with
the money. But how many of us realize the part the church holds in the
I look around and find that
the greater percentage of successful Christians tend to concentrate in
some particular churches while so many have marginally or hardly
successful people alone for members. It is tempting to think that this
can be explained as class connection but I do not think class and click
would explain it all.
A close look at the
attitude of God towards prosperity shows 2 things;
a) He works all things out
for His will; He provides resources for His purposes and programs.
b) His provision may be
given to a man, but He always has the church as a cooperate body in
Apart from these, poverty
and mediocrity are two curses that are usually cooperate in nature; they
usually exist at family level, ancestry level or group level.
I then conclude that one of
the reasons God would not take some of us far from the poverty level is
because of cooperate unsuitability for entrustment with spiritual
resources. Jeremiah 8: 8 – 13 elaborates this, verse 13;
will take away their harvest’, declares the LORD. ‘There will be no
grapes on the vine. There will be no figs on the tree, and there leaves
will wither. What I have given them will be taken from them’”.
One reason for this
suitability is corporate rebellion: this is when as a group we are
refusing to grow in our knowledge of God and of His will. The temptation
in any crowd is to play to the gallery of social opinion of what our
gathering in the church should be all about. This is a trap the devil
sets for people or groups who lack a vision of what to do and how to do
it. It also serves to distract us away from following God to following
the wind of fashion.
Another cause is
self–interest. As individuals, we have an idea of what we would rather
the church to be doing and we might even be tempted to clothe such as
God’s will this was the sin of Jezebel).
Another cause can be
instituted religion. The temptation (especially in older churches) is to
trust in the visions of yesteryears for direction in the church today.
All these are forms of
idolatry; they replace God and His will in the church, and the way to
avoid such traps is to seek God’s face to know what He wants us to do.
This should not be a problem if we truly have personal relationships
with Him. It is only when we are engaged in God’s will in the ever
present sense of it will He open to us His spiritual resources of
wealth. Haggai 1: (2 – 11) 9b –10;
“Because of my house which remains a ruin while each of you is busy with
his own house. Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their
dew and the earth its crops”
2: (17 –19) 19;
there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the
fig-tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit. From
this day on I will bless you”
It is not safe to assume
that because it is church, it must be God’s will; God is not an idol
like a “Ọsọyin” that we can put words in His mouth. Therefore, churches
that tries to do so end up being poor.