I had planned to write on something entirely different this morning – a message about which God we’re listening to. But for some reason I simply couldn’t get a proper grasp of it. I had plenty of time to – especially during this week’s travels across Kaduna, Kano, and Katsina states.
However, no matter how much I pondered on the message it simply refused to flow. In-fact by the time I went to bed last night I’d decided not to do a message at all this week, citing mental fatigue as my reason. Then, in the early hours of this morning, I dreamt I was speaking to a group of people about God’s intended plans for us; and intermittently I kept saying to them, “It Was Never About The Money”. Before long, the whole class, myself included, was in tears, as a result of our recognising how far we’d strayed – almost as though huge scales had been removed from our eyes.
Not only was I a little confused when I woke up, but in truth I was somewhat troubled. As such, I asked the Lord what He was trying to tell me. And my word did he open my eyes to a few things!!
He asked me to think of some of the individuals from the bible that He blessed financially. Immediately I thought of Joseph, David, and Solomon. And of-course by doing so I couldn’t help but ask Him what He was on about; after-all, if it was never about the money then why on earth did He make such a big deal about how He blessed such individuals with great material wealth??
“Both David and Solomon were blessed for my Glory – that people far and wide would hear of the God that blesses so abundantly. Solomon in particular was blessed in order for my temple to be built.”
“Yea, but what about Joseph then?” I asked.
“Joseph was simply part of my plan to free my children from captivity; and thus, reveal my character – Mercy, Love, and Compassion, – for all to see.”
He didn’t stop there. He then reminded me of Solomon’s “Vanity, Vanity, all is Vanity” prologue.
‘ “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”
What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come, and generations go…’
Ecclesiastes 1 vs 2-4
As we know, once he had completed the building of God’s temple, Solomon went astray. The abundance of wealth got the better of him – resulting in an endless search for life’s pleasures. But all he found was emptiness.
He then asked me to search for the number of times financial wealth is used as a demonstration of God’s Love and Blessing in the new testament. In short, not at all. Indeed, in the new testament, material wealth is something of an obstacle to a relationship / walk with God – ie – the rich young man, and Ananias and Sapphira.
In the new testament, God’s Love and Blessing is demonstrated by Healing, Compassion, Feeding of The Poor, and of-course Salvation, as a result of the ultimate example of Unfailing and Unconditional Love – Jesus dying for us on the cross.
But our generation continues to focus on money. Indeed, it has all become about money.
What is the root cause of much of today’s turmoil – anxiety, worry, anger, stress, sickness, wickedness, evil – is it not money?!
I’m not saying we shouldn’t work to earn money. Certainly not. After-all we have bills to pay, and all manner of obligations. But when our focus becomes money, money, and only money, then we’re in grave danger. When we believe we can treat people however we like because we have money, then our hearts are not only cold, but callous.
Compassion, Love, and Respect For One Another, continue to fade away, as we believe more and more with each passing hour that money is all that matters.
On my way from Katsina to Kaduna yesterday, I got a little impatient with the driver. Actually, impatient is an understatement. To be quite frank, I was rather rude to him. A few minutes later, feeling a little guilty as a result of my rudeness, I thought to myself, ‘never mind, I’ll give him a little extra money to make up for it’. What I should have done was to give him a genuine and heart-felt apology. But instead I believed money to be the best ointment. So so wrong.
God is saying, “’It Was Never About The Money”.
The reason there’s so much sickness and grief in today’s world is because of our lust and desperation for more money.
So many relationships are built on wrong foundations, as a consequence of money being our be-all and end-all. Indeed, authentic relationships are fast becoming a thing of the past.
Too many individuals have strayed from their God-designed paths, as a result of searching for the ‘big bucks’. And as such, rather than living fulfilled and happy lives, they continue to feel anxious, frustrated, and hopelessly unhappy.
Our nation as a whole remains mired in poverty, as a result of caring only for ourselves as against each other.
Nigeria continues to lack unity because money is ceaselessly preached from pulpits far and wide, as against Love, Compassion, and Being Our Brother’s Keeper (what Jesus stands for).
We’ve wondered down a path so wrong that most of us can barely recognise ourselves. A path so grievous our hearts yearn for things which are literally a danger to health and wellbeing.
The only way out is to return to the fundamental message of the Gospel – Love, Forgiveness, Compassion, Healing, and Salvation.
It Was Never About The Money.
It has always been about God’s Unconditional and Unfailing Love.
And Jesus says we should do likewise.