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Been doing a lot of pondering, especially with regards to the topic we are studying in church and feel a compelling desire to make the following clarifications about the concept of Wealth or Prosperity on the one hand and Kingdom or godly prosperity on the second hand. (I invite you all to visit our church someday. We are blessed with a teacher of the undiluted word of God).
Judging by the level of mental and financial poverty that Africa and Africans have had to grapple with over centuries, it is no wonder that whenever the subject of wealth or prosperity is raised for discussion, the first thing that comes to mind is MONEY. Unfortunately, this is just one aspect of wealth or prosperity.
Beyond the English definition of wealth one of which is “abundance of valuable resources”, we need to note that wealth or prosperity include but not limited to finance. Others are peace of mind, good health, good relationship with spouse, responsible children, security and thriving investment, etc.
To this end, when a man of God climbs the podium and declares “I’m speaking on a topic I titled KINGDOM PROSPERITY or GODLY PROSPERITY”, one should not conclude that the subject is centered on money (i.e. Financial Prosperity) alone.
Another thing that is begging for clarification is the argument that may be raised when we teach that ill-gotten riches (otherwise called ungodly prosperity) will not thrive. Some may argue and point to several businesses that have endured several generations and yet are not the type that God is interested in. examples are tobacco industries, breweries whose major product are alcohol and other strong drinks. Not only have they endured for centuries, many more are springing up daily.
We need to understand that the earth cannot be compared to eternity. So when God says such businesses will not endure, it will be futile for us to calculate with our finite minds how long they have endured and how long more they may endure. A thousand years on earth is but a day with God. We should also note that after the rapture, there will be a millennial reign of Christ and His saints on earth. During this time, only righteous businesses will reign after which the end will come.
Haven established that, what really is Kingdom Wealth or Prosperity? To answer this question, let us attempt a contrast between godly prosperity and worldly prosperity. The intent here is not to preach another gospel though I would not be ashamed to do so) but to lay the facts on the table and let you decide where you are.
Godly wealth has the following distinctive features
This is a picture of what God desires for His children. Why do you want that kind of money that will hurt you before you get it and hurt you the more to maintain it?
I learnt recently that there is “good success” and there is “bad success”. I am convinced that the former refers to the kind of success that comes from building your life and career/business on God’s principles; while the latter is the direct opposite of the other.
Franklin Onoben is a Pastor and Career counselor and a member of REALMEN INITIATIVE.
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