Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
In recent times, the gospel has taken the trend that we are children of the King and, therefore, we are called to be rich and prosperous. The question we ask is, is it that our Father wants to give us great wealth in this world? Where is the true prosperity of the children of God? In Luke 12:32, the Lord tells us: your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. What kingdom are we talking? If Jesus said that His kingdom is not of this world, obviously we are talking about the kingdom of our Heavenly Father.
Churches that preach a gospel of prosperity are those with a greater number of parishioners. The reason is that they there are telling people what they want to hear, which is not necessarily going according to what the Word says. The Lord put it this way in Mark 10:23-25 about the Kingdom of God and riches: Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! 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.”
If we took Mark 10:23-25, many of those who attend congregations which teach that God wants us prosperous will have difficulty to enter the Kingdom of God. On the other hand, in Luke 6:20 says the Lord: Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. So it is not as necessary to obtain great wealth to be holders of the Kingdom of God. Luke 12:32 also tells us that our Heavenly Father pleases to give us the Kingdom, so that material riches are not an essential requirement to achieve it.
Christian life and our way to the Kingdom of God is not so easy as they want to paint those who preach the false gospel of prosperity. The apostle Paul, who lived in himself the true Christian life, says in Acts 14:22: strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” If all things go well while you say you practice Christianity, you better worry about finding out if you’re on the right track.
The kingdom that God our Father’s good pleasure to give us is not something tangible or pleasant from the human point of view. In Romans 14:17 Paul tells us: for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. In short, the Kingdom of God is a spiritual realm that brings, therefore, the things of the Spirit; but where things of the flesh or the world we know have no place. As Paul says that is not food and drink, he could have said that is not gold or silver or precious stones.
I can tell you that in more than a decade to walk with Jesus Christ, not all the time I’ve been to the top. Rather, to be honest, I can say that most of the time I spent walking through the desert. But what I can tell you is that I do not care for anything or seek wealth, fame or recognition in this world or be admired by people. I am already more than blessed because my Father’s good pleasure to give me the Kingdom. God bless you.