Yesterday, I began a series, A Christian WhatsApp Group Conversation On Wealth, where I shared a group conversation on wealth. You can read the first part here. The conversation was primarily on whether God has a covenant of wealth with Christians.
I ended the previous article by mentioning Rich’s (not his real name) posting of Matthew 6:33 as a proof text for evidence of a covenant of wealth. To this I responded: Read Matthew 6 again. If what you see there is wealth and riches, you are not reading well. The message in Matthew 6:33 is not wealth and riches. It is contentment. It is teaching against anxiety: “Therefore I tell you, _do not be anxious_ about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. _Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?_ Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25-26).
I further told Rich to read v33 together with v34: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. You see, the theme that runs through the text is a command against anxiety.
After these, I asked Rich to kindly point out to me where he sees wealth and riches in Matthew 6:33. To this he responded: “We need the wealth to buy our drinks, raiment, what we will eat etc (all other things)”. That answer stunned me. “If wealth is for food, clothing and shelter, then your idea of wealth is really shallow”, I responded to him.
A number of conversations followed afterwards.
But, for the sake of brevity, I want to state that the reason for sharing these conversations is to point out the many erroneous teachings being propagated as Christian gospel. The gospel is simply the death and resurrection of Christ for the salvation of sinners. When we lose focus of this, all other things doesn’t matter.