If you look at the leaves on a tree or the grasses in the field, it is easy to see that abundance is an integral part of God’s reality. That’s why in Matthew 6:27-30 Jesus was quoted as saying, “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will God not much more clothe you, oh you of little faith?”
Of course what is said above is true for all of our needs–as Jesus points out in other passages. Yet, it is difficult for us to deny that some people don’t seem to be getting their piece of the pie. So what is up with that? In the video, you saw two trees side by side. One tree was flourishing while the other starved. The only factor contributing to this that I could visibly ascertain was their exposure to the light. For my purposes, I am going to equate light with knowledge and say that, as a metaphor, what keeps people from partaking of the faith that they are provided for in this life is a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Knowledge of what you ask? Well maybe you didn’t ask, but I am going to offer my opinion. It is the knowledge of what Jesus taught–that we are children of the Living God, the Creator of Light.
What if you knew with absolute certainty that you are God’s child. How would you live? What would you do if you knew for sure that you did not have to worry? I think these are good questions to ask ourselves. I think that what prosperity preachers offer people is an alternative to the idea that some of us are unworthy. For many people the only way they know how to measure value is in material means. Why do you think that is? The fact is, there are plenty of resources to go around so that every living thing could flourish on this earth for the time that they are here. However, as societies and cultures, we still have not gotten past the idea that the one with the most wins. And most of us who don’t win here, still have the mentality that we will win somewhere else–mansions in heaven, jewels in our crowns for saving souls, etc. As long as we think that way we will take from others every chance we get whether it is, physically, psychically, or emotionally. Many of us even try to do it spiritually, but well…that’s another blog.
With this winner and loser mentality still driving us, is it no wonder that so many of us are trying so hard to figure out how to win at the prosperity game and are willing to give what little we have for it? Most of secretly hope for the magic beans that will take us to our treasure and we are willing to give up the cow in our hands to get it (Jack and the Beanstalk reference). Unfortunately, what many of us never realize is that we are the treasure we are looking for. Jesus didn’t worry because he knew who he was. He was in the Light and he is calling us into the Light as well. Unlike those trees in the video and photograph, we can get up and move. We can do something different. We can go toward the Light and do not have to stand in the shadows of others. In the Light there is only abundant Life and we all have it in equal measure.
The prosperity God-spell is attractive because it has elements of a truth that we all know–we are worthy. Everyone is worthy. As long as we can’t see that, we are part of the problem. The Love of God is like gravity. There is plenty for everyone and it is in exact proportion to what we need for who we are. The problem is that we don’t know who we are so we pay other people to tell us. Whether this is taking advantage of people or is a service is really determined by the recipient. Are they trying to buy or purchase the reality of who they are from someone else? Because if they are then they need to ask for a refund. Or are they supporting a mission that is working to help wake the sleeping among us who are not aware of there place in the Son?