The notion that God wants any of us to be poor is, at best, a terribly flawed doctrine. Similarly, any church, pastor, or doctrine that teaches that all believers will become millionaires or better is just as fallacious.
That said, I think the Bible is quite clear in that it is God’s will for us to be whole; nothing broken, nothing lacking. The Greek word most frequently associated with salvation is “sozo.” This word has a four-fold meaning:
1. Salvation from sin
2. Deliverance from demonic oppression
3. Bodily healing
4. Material blessing
Allow me to use a chair as a metaphor. If one or more legs are missing, then the chair is imbalanced and cannot effectively support someone. Many pastors, churches, and doctrines willingly stop at salvation and, thus, ignore the abundant life Jesus promised in John 10:10. Likewise, far too many pastors, churches, and doctrines focus on numbers 3 and 4, making light of the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross.
In other words, life in Christ is far more than a ticket to heaven and hope of reward in the “sweet-by-and-by.” It is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen — not just in the world to come, but in the “here-and-now!” Jesus, Himself, illustrated this in Mark 10:29-30:
(29) And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, (30) But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
The Apostle Paul illuminated this further in 2 Corinthians 9:8:
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
Therefore, we should have an earnest expectation that our heavenly Father will supply all our needs; indeed, that He will provide exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ever ask or think! God wants to do the amazing for us but He will not if we refuse to believe that He can!
Â© 2010 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)