I was sitting at a McDonalds today, trying to kill time before picking up my son when I overheard a conversation from this man who claims to be a pastor, loudly talking to people on the phone, seemingly trying to get others attention in the restaurant.
He speaks of money, how much he is getting through a system that relies upon membership and dues to the membership that are subsequently divided within the company hosting this ‘get rich‘ system and the person who brings in more people.
While the whole thing smells of deception, that’s not what caught me. What caught me is how we as people who say we are ‘of God‘ consistently place the cart before the horse when it comes to God and our wants. We want to live comfortably, we want to be financially well off, we want a great relationship with our spouses, children, relatives and friends, we want great health, and greater things outside of ourselves to prove that we are ‘blessed‘. Yet NOTHING WE WANT WILL PROVE POSITIVE OF GOD IN OUR LIVES.
Here’s the revelation: we must FIRST establish a fully enriched relationship with God before trying to ‘rich up’ our pockets. It expands beyond status, hierarchy, and how much we think we know about God and God’s Word. It goes beyond the place we WERE, the place we think we want to be and dare I say, the place we THINK GOD WANTS US TO BE. Our ‘seeking God FIRST‘ suffers when we limit God to an ATM, a medical professional, a legal advisor, marriage counselor, or personal therapist. Our interactions and ultimate integration with God becomes restricted in light of our confusion of what God IS and what God IS TO US; yeah, they are usually very contrasted.
Unfortunately, those who believe that God has the valuation of a ‘noun‘ can infect others passion for further enlightenment, thus causing a regression of spiritual growth. How do we counteract this growing ‘silent spiritual killer‘? We tame the wanting beast within us and open our mind to what is right in front of us.