Psalm 37:5 says “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass”.
The strongest definition of faith that I love so much is – trusting God no matter what. Faith is forsaking all, I trust him. There is a definition of faith that is ‘thing’ centred and it has produced a lot of people who are skewed in their pursuits. Any definition of faith that does not lead you to God is wrong. Heb. 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” You will notice that all the heroes of faith were addicted to God. A lot of people yank out the above definition, run with it and produce ‘thing centered’ Christianity and miss God. May you not be an accumulator of things and miss the giver of all good and perfect gifts in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
We are not supposed to be accumulators. The essence of having is to give. In the early seventies, two classes of Christianity emerged in Africa from America. One emphasized the theology of things which they call faith encouraging people to give and sow seeds. A lot of people embraced this. However, the other one came through Evangelist T. L. Osborne. He came with a lot of things to promote the gospel, he gave. His gospel was Jesus centered and most of the people that caught the fire of that revival became active pastors. These were the two types of Christianity presented to us. One was a giving one while the other was a taking one. Unfortunately, the one that found root is the taking one. It is a dangerous theology that is producing idolaters. It is producing people who are acquiring and who keep on acquiring, empire builders. The essence of acquiring is to give.
Jesus told the rich young ruler in Matt 19:16-22 to sell everything he had and then come and follow him. The young man ran away because his heart was not right; his love for things was far greater than his love for God. If Jesus were to ask you the question he asked Peter in John 21:15 – do you really love me? What would your response be?
- Heavenly Father I worship and adore you. I ask you to grant me the grace to love you above anything else in my heart all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
TO BE CONTINUED……….