Obedient to God:
Obedient to God has been linked to material success or gain. It is overtly acceptable and teachable within the church circus and gathering that when one obeys God things unfolds better. So, much emphasis has been laid on obedience as a major factor in amassing material gains.
Therefore, every believer who wants to prosper materially should obey God. Obedient to God leads to stress free prosperity. That’s anyone or believer that is obedient to God has acquired the ticket to prosperity and endless wealth. Once a believer does the will of God he becomes great, influential and enjoys great financial ascendency.
Obedient To God In The Eyes Of Jesus Teaching:
Let’s see from the teaching of Jesus in the gospels if this notion is right or not.
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?”
Obedient To God Is Not Bed Of Roses:
The above quotations contain some important things we cannot avoid to discuss especially as regards to obedient to God. In these quotations you can find words that depict physical torture, family persecution, hatred by men, family rifts and opposition. Also it requires that the follower of Christ should forsake his family. Also see Matthew 10:34-36. This includes divorcing your wife, which indicates he must prefer his ministry above his family. As indicated in the verses below.
“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.”
“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. 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 Ministry Of Christ Comes With Costs:
Accepting to be obedient to God involves participation in the ministry of Christ. Participating in the ministry of Christ requires that the believer will lose his family comfort and legitimate family pleasures. Notice that most of the early disciples of Jesus were youths and this implies that they lost all family comforts to follow Him. It is an act of obedient to God to be a disciple of Jesus. But it requires that family ties should be done away with. Let’s see this verse below.
“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?”
Luke 14:26, 28
Obedient to God doesn’t mean that life will be bed of roses for the individual in question. It comes with heavy cost and the believer has to bear it. The only way to be obedient to God is to follow Christ and this comes with rewards. Jesus said that every disciple of His is salt that seasons the land. But anyone who prefers family ties to being a disciple to Jesus is not obedient to God. And such a person will not be the salt of the land. See Luke 14:34-35, 9:57- 60.
Nothing Comes First:
The act of obedient to God requires that the believer should go for evangelism first before embracing family ties. Obedient to God in following Christ requires that the follower should not look back for any reason. See Luke 9:62. Nothing should come first than your ministry in Christ, not even self, family, business and pleasures. The moment any of these aforementioned comes first, it is no longer obedient to God.
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All of the above is stated in order to indicate that obedient to God is not the sure way to being rich and comfortable. Therefore, preaching or teaching that obedient to God leads to being wealthy is false. This is kind of teaching or preaching is unfounded and baseless and those who engage in it should stop it. Sometimes, if something is going wrong in the life of a believer people start to look for where he is disobeying God. In doing so they make it look like obeying God is a guarantee to living a life free of negative situations. The obvious thing is that being obedient to God helps to accumulate issues around a believer in Christ. The moment someone accepts Christ into his life, that is when hatred, dislike, segregation starts to build up around him.
Being Rich Towards God:
Notice that just because someone accepts Christ in his life, many will cut business ties with him. Many family members will disown him and in fact see him as outsider. Many family secrets will no longer be shared with him because he might not flow with certain family involvements. Therefore, obedient to God doesn’t draw riches or wealth but comes with a heavy cost. And the cost is that the believer should be rich towards God and not towards earthly material gains. See Luke 12:21, Luke 18:23-24. But as Zacchaeus became rich towards God he lost value for earthly material gains. See Luke 19:1-8.
However, does it mean that someone cannot be rich and be obedient to God? Well, it’s possible for someone to be rich and be obedient to God but his riches cannot be linked to his obedience to God. This is factual because many who are rich in the world are not obedient to God. This shows that riches don’t guarantee that someone is obedient to God.
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