Why did Jesus come to earth?
Why did Jesus come? Did Jesus come to earth to make us financially rich? Is that the reason why Jesus left his glory in heaven to come to this sinful world? Did he come for the purpose of making believers very rich in monetary terms? No, no and no! This is a very disturbing teaching to relegate the work of redemption to a mere quest for acquisition of gold.
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” (2 Cor 8:9)
Apostles of money had taught from the above scripture that Jesus became poor for us to become rich (in monetary terms). This is an aberration and a slap on the integrity of the word of God. They fail to realise the great difference between earthly riches and the unsearchable riches of Christ. Jesus did not come to make a lot of money for us. He came to save our souls. Jesus came for the work of redemption. He became poor by leaving His glory and riches in heaven to come to this earth. That was how he made Himself poor. Christ’s coming down to earth to become a man, walking on our dusty streets was poverty for the son of God.
Something more than gold
He did all these so that we can also become a partaker of His glory and riches. The kind of wealth Jesus came for us to enter into is the riches of becoming the sons of God and having access to the presence of God. This is something more than gold.
If Jesus came for us to become financially rich, then it means that rich people who are not in Christ do not need to be saved, since they are already ‘rich’. Men do not necessarily need Jesus to amass worldly riches. Many atheists who do not even believe in the existence of God are billionaires. If why they need to give their lives to Christ is to become wealthy in monetary terms, then, they do not need to be saved. They are already billionaires!
Financial prosperity is not spirituality
Financial prosperity is not a sign of spirituality. Having a lot of money is not a sign of being saved or being in the will of God. A man is still very poor, even with a lot of money in his account if he has not found peace with God in his heart. Peace with God can only come by salvation through Christ Jesus. The commission of the Church is to make disciples of all nations, not to make billionaires of all nations.
In the letters to the seven churches, the Laodicean church believed they were prosperous because they had a lot of earthly riches, but what a disappointing comment they got from Jesus about their wealth: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” (Rev 2:17, 18)
From God’s point of view, this means amassing earthly wealth without the work of righteousness is abject poverty. So, when people go to churches not because they want salvation and transformation, but to become financially prosperous, they are setting themselves up for frustrations. God is not a money doubler neither is there a man of God that has the propensity to make thousands of people become financially liberated just by praying for them.
God is not a ponzi God.
A man of God can only make himself super rich by asking people to give in order to get an hundred fold return of their investment from God. An understanding of human psychology shows that humans respond better to parting with their hard earned money if they are promised that their investment is going to bring more money for them. At the end of the day, the man of God becomes super rich while the thousands of ‘investors’ get nothing. God is not in the business of wonder banking. Giving to God is not a ponzi scheme. God is not a ponzi God.