Could it be that we have more available to us in the area of financial provision than we have asked for? Listen to Paul’s words as he is writing to the Ephesian Christians. “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”1 Somehow the Ephesian Christians were missing part of their inheritance. Paul was praying for their eyes to be opened to it.
Is it possible that we, like the Ephesians, have missed part of our inheritance in Christ? Has the progress of our mission been slowed because we haven’t asked for the tools we need to complete it? Has the spirit of poverty blinded our eyes and kept us from even asking for the finances needed to do the job?
God has asked His church to fulfill the Great Commission. Would God ask us to fulfill the Great Commission and not provide the resources that we need to complete the job? I do not believe He would. It is against His nature, as I understand it from the scriptures, to frustrate and tease us by asking us to complete a job and then not give us the tools to accomplish that task. Money is simply a tool the church needs to complete its job description. As we examine the scriptures, we will find good reason to expect the financial provision needed for us to complete the task assigned to us.
As you read these blogs I hope that you are developing a healthy dissatisfaction with your level of income and your ability to finance God’s Kingdom at the level you would like. Dissatisfaction with the status quo is a very helpful first step to bring about change because it will generate desire and passion; which in turn will cause us to focus on solutions, which is what is offered in this book
The scriptures teach us in Timothy that godliness with contentment is great gain. I believe this means we should not complain about the place God has us in life. However contentment does not mean we should pick up the paralyzing animistic belief of fatalism; the idea our state in life is fixed and should not be improved. We should desire to advance and improve our life and the lives of people around us. It is a good and godly desire to prosper. It is good for you. It is good for your family. It is good for your neighborhood. It is good for the Kingdom.