As we have participated in another outreach in Welch, W. VA. I have learned a few things. I walked around yesterday as about 1000 people packed the Welch Armory. People in great need in many ways. In McDowell County, W. VA the unemployment and poverty is very high. The suicide rate is higher, and like with any place, drugs are prevalent.
So some of you might hate this post. But please read it closely.
When we see poverty and need, we always say something similar. I have said it and hear others say it. We say “we are so blessed.” This is referencing that we are not as poor as those we are seeing. We are doing better. We have money and stuff. We are blessed. God loves us more? God is really caring for us? I don’t think so. A year ago this saying was starting to grate in my spirit. Are you we really blessed because we have stuff? So when we say that we are implying, those that don’t have what we have are not blessed? Maybe they are cursed? Is God’s blessing only manifested in financial and material gain? Maybe the blessing of God has nothing to do with money and stuff. Maybe our definition of blessed is very wrong.
Maybe we are not blessed because of our stuff. Maybe we are blessed (which means happy) because we know Jesus. We are forgiven, saved, and delivered. Are we not all blessed because we are never going to die in Christ. We live eternal? Regardless of our bank account, if you know Jesus, no matter if you live in Haiti, Temperance, Welch, War, or Toledo, you are blessed.
Jesus cautions us about what we call a blessing. He says you can’t serve God and money (Matthew 6.24). Paul tells us that the Love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6.10). He also says in the last days when people start forsaking God, they will become lovers of money (2 Timothy 3.2). Our Lord says it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God (Matthew 19.3,4). So it seems, God is saying opposite of what we may believe and what the deceived prosperity gospel proclaims. True blessing from God is God himself. We are happy because we know Him. So think about and think about this…
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
Tyndale House Publishers. (2007). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (3rd ed., Mt 6:19–21). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.