“God Calling” today addresses material gain. It reiterates that we should seek first the Kingdom of Heaven…that then all the other things will be added to us. There’s a difference between provision and gain.
Provision is that which we need to sustain us. Gain is above and beyond that. But with God, all provision is gain, because there’s always more than enough in His blessing. Remember how many baskets of leftover bread the disciples took up after the thousands were fed? (John 6:13)
The message today tells us to seek material gain only when it will advance or increase the Kingdom; that true profit or gain is spiritual profit. Out of spiritual profit, material/physical profit or gain manifests. Perhaps it’s better said this way: Only seek to advance God’s Kingdom with your material gain. We are blessed to be a blessing. When we use all we are given to be a blessing to others, we advance God’s Kingdom within and without. Proverbs 3:9 tells us to honor the LORD with our wealth or substance and the first fruits of our crops (gain), and then our barns will be filled to overflowing (material gain), and our vats will brim over with new wine (spiritual gain).
Jesus said, “Give and it shall be given, good measure pressed down and shaken together will be poured out into your lap.” (Luke 6:38) Spiritual increase and material increase happen dually. As we sow god into other’s lives, we reap more of Him in our own lives as well and our faith is increased. As we give of our substance, more substance follows. Luke 16:10 tells us that if we are faithful over little, God will give us more to be faithful over. The keys to this principle are:
1. Faith-you can’t fear that there won’t be enough, etc. (Luke 12:22-34). The poor widow had only two mites to put in the offering, but Jesus said she put in more than all the others who put in offerings, because they gave out of their wealth, but she gave all she had and out of her poverty. It’s easy to give when you’ve got plenty.
2. Gratitude/thanksgiving-Jesus gave thanks for what He had. He didn’t see five loaves and two fishes; He saw God’s promise of provision.
3. Honor God with your substance. I am reminded of the sinful woman who anointed Jesus with the costly perfume. Judas was angry because it could have been sold for profit-material gain. Jesus was honored because the woman sought to show Him love-she sought the Kingdom, communion with God-spiritual gain.
Seeking to increase the Kingdom of God, or to advance it, is NOT seeking to fill the pews at church. It is spreading the good news of the Gospel of Christ Jesus, spreading His love, and preparing the way for Him. In using our substance and sharing what Jesus has given us, we are opening the way (Proverbs 18:16) says, a gift opens the way for the giver. When we give our testimony or tell others about what Jesus has done for us in our lives, we are pointing the way to Him. In living in obedience to His Word, we are leading the way because we are an example for others. All of these things together prepare the way for the Lord to work in other’s lives through the Holy Spirit. We should remember also, that we are substance, physical manifestation of God’s love. We are His body in the Earth. A kind word, a smile, a friendly handshake or hug-all of these have the potential to change a life forever because they demonstrate God’s love too.