Does it pay to be Godly? – Part 1

I assume for most Christians, the question asked in the theme header is valid. Sometimes, we look at people who are not Church goers like we are, doing very well, and going about their business, living happy lives, going on holidays without even having to think or blink at the cost of travel tickets, cars parked in their garage in abundance, whilst Christians seem to be in lack and want, struggling, and living from salary to salary, not having enough to settle financial obligations, and the list goes on and on. Surely, there is something not right with this image; it is either God is a liar or we lack understanding of who we truly are in Christ Jesus.

After all scripture tells us in 2 Peter 1:3 (PHILLIPS) “He has by His own action given us everything that is necessary for living the truly good life, in allowing us to know the one who has called us to him, through His own glorious goodness. It is through him that God’s greatest and most precious promises have become available to us men, making it possible for you to escape the inevitable disintegration that lust produces in the world and to share in God’s essential nature.”

I understand that the scenario I just spoke about can be confusing and perplexing; and why is this so? When we read in scriptures verses like “And my God shall supply all our needs, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” there seems to be a disconnect between what the bible says and the experiences we portray, there is no corresponding action to what we believe. And here lies the challenge. The scripture gives us a promise, but we seem not to be living it out or experiencing the rich benefit of Gods spoken word. Why is this so?

It is unhealthy, unwise and an affront to God for us as Christians to view our lives from the prisms of the newspapers, or socio-economic standpoint. And I suppose we sometimes think like this because we see the non-Christian world having a wonderful time in their pump and pageantry, enjoying their wealth, living large and spending resources like there is a bottomless pit somewhere. But hear what Moses said, “Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he looked for the recompense of the reward.” Read Hebrews 11:26 (KJV). I hope this verse of scripture brings you some perspective.?

There is a lot to be said on this topic, and I want you to consider this verse of scripture, hear what Paul is saying to his son in the Lord, Timothy from 1 Timothy 6:6-11 “ Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.”

Selah moment(pause and calmly think). There is more, keep reading.

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