Do not crucify a fellow brother for the following line of thought, thank you.
God sends rain to and makes the sun shine on both the just and the unjust, selah this please (keeping in mind that this statement is from the mouth of Jesus, the revealed God)
You and I know that sunshine and rainfall is the back bone of agriculture, and agriculture is the bedrock of the availability of food; so if God gives rainfall and sunshine to both the good and the bad it means he gives food to both the good and the bad. It is no lie that the most important need of man is food, food is so important to man that once man has it, getting other needs for clothing and shelter becomes easy. It is therefore true that God supplies all the basic needs(food, clothing and shelter) of both the good and the bad.
For God to provide food for both the good and the bad it means he doesn’t want man to be miserable no matter who he is and this means that He will supply other things that will make life convenient for man, if He wanted to make life hard for the bad He wouldn’t have made food available for him in the first place, this is the reason why all who called on Christ for healing were healed, their past, present and future notwithstanding. God does good to both the good and the bad.
If God does good to both the good and the bad it means:
GOOD THINGS ARE NOT THE REWARD FOR BEING GOOD
If good things are a reward for being good then no wicked man should have them and no good man should lack them, but it is not so, for not all good men enjoy the good things of life and not all wicked men lack the good things of life. For God to give good to both the good and the wicked then good is not a reward of being good, good is not a reward for accepting Christ, if it is we will have no martyrs, no sick Christian, no jobless Christian, no cheated Christian and no Christian will be a victim of mishaps. If good things are a reward for accepting Christ, then all unbelievers should be in a mess right now and no believer should lack anything good. For Abraham to go to Egypt to sojourn during famine, it means Egypt had food and he did not, if abundance is the reward of righteousness, should Egypt have food and Abraham lack it? For Isaac to go to Gerar, to Abimelech the king of the Philistines and to think of going down to Egypt during famine, it means Gerar and Egypt had food and he did not, if it is by being good, should Gerar have food and Isaac lack it?
THOUGH IT IS NEVER GOD’S WILL FOR THE GOOD TO LACK GOOD THINGS, GOOD THINGS ARE NOT REWARD FROM GOD FOR BEING GOOD FOR IT IS NEVER GOD’S ACT TO DEPRIVE THE BAD OF GOOD THINGS.
WHEN I SEE CHRISTIANS WHO SEE RICHES AS A REWARD FOR SERVING GOD, I ASK MYSELF WHERE DID THE UNBELIEVING BILLIONAIRES OF THE WORLD WHO DO NOT EVEN KNOW GOD OR CARE ABOUT HIM GET THEIR WEALTH? THE FAITHFUL BELIEVER WHO IS NOT WEALTHY IS NOT A SERVANT OF GOD? ONLY THOSE WHO ARE RICH AND WEALTHY ARE GOD’S PEOPLE OR WHAT? IT IS A GREAT IGNORANCE TO ASSOCIATE WEALTH WITH GOD’S PLEASURE AND POVERTY WITH HIS WRATH,
IF GOD’S WRATH MAKES A MAN’S LIFE MISERABLE THEN ALL WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN CHRIST WILL BE MISERABLE FOR THEY ARE UNDER THE WRATH OF GOD. GOD SO WANTS ALL MEN SAVED OR UNSAVED TO ENJOY THEIR EARTHLY DAYS THAT EVEN WORKERS OF INIQUITY MAKE GREAT THINGS HAPPEN IN HIS NAME.
BELIEVER, HAVING THE GOOD THINGS OF LIFE IS GOD’S WILL FOR YOU, BUT THIS IS NOT YOUR REWARD, YOUR REWARD IS FAR GREATER THAN THIS.
Let’s read Luke 11:13 with an unveiled face in Jesus Christ name
“If you then who are evil know how to GIVE GOOD gifts to your children, HOW MUCH MORE will the Heavenly Father GIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT to those who ASK Him.”
- Evil people give good gifts to their children.
- Take note that the good things evil men give to their children is as a gift not a reward; if it is a gift it means it is not a reward for a good work done. Now if an evil man give good things to his children (not because of the good work or labor of his children but) as a gift, do you think God will do less? What an evil man gives as a gift to his children, will God give such to His children as a reward? Whose greatness does this show, God’s or man’s? Will a good God give to His children as a reward what an evil man will give to his own children as a gift? Never.
I was shocked when I realized how insulting it is to see material blessings as a reward from God, it is a big insult to God’s surpassing greatness, an insult generated by wrong believing which is a product of being feed with error. What a wicked, evil man will give to his 15 year old son as his birthday gift is what you now suppose is God’s reward to you for being a disciple of Christ, what an insult.
Do you think it possible that the wealthiest man in your continent will call you up and present you a Nokia 3310 hand set for your great contribution towards the development of your continent, How could he when he knows you have a better phone than that? Do you ever think God will give you as a reward what He knows you can get without Him? With or without God you can get a good job, house, car, home….. How then do you suppose God will give that to you as your reward, something an evil man give to his children as a gift?
Material wealth has erroneously become a proof of God’s faithfulness to His children, if this is true, was God faithful to the heroes of faith who lived in caves and dens, who wandered about in deserts and mountains, going around destitute, afflicted and mistreated in skins of sheep and goats, was He? (Hebrews 11:37-38).
If an evil man gives good gifts to his children, will a good God do same? Of course not, He will surely do greater, exceedingly greater by giving something greater than a good gift as a gift, just because we asked and not even as a wage or a reward. The good Heavenly Father does immeasurably greater than the evil man in that He gives us the Holy Spirit who is greater than a good gift, not because we worked for it but because we asked and mind you the Holy Spirit is a guarantee of our inheritance which is the Salvation of our soul. See Ephesians 1:11-14,17-19, Colossians 1:12, 3:24, Hebrews 9:15, 11:6, 1Peter 1:3-4.
Let me know if this blessed you.
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