God will command the blessing on your storehouse and on everything you do.
This could actually be a very short blog post! I could just direct you to read Deuteronomy 28 and see for yourself whether poverty comes under the blessing section, or the curse section. But let’s look at this together. What does Deuteronomy 28 say in the blessing section (verses 1-14)?
- You’ll be blessed in the city and in the field (verse 2)
- Your children, crops and animals will be blessed (verse 4)
- You’ll be blessed coming in and going out (verse 6)
- God will command the blessing on your storehouse and on everything you do (verse 8)
Verse 11 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition even says, “The Lord shall make you have a surplus of prosperity“. There is certainly no sign of poverty in verses 1-14. But it is extremely evident in the remaining verses of Deuteronomy 28, which describe the effects of the curse.
Did her lack of money make her more effective or less effective?
So why is it then, that if you talk to many Christians, you get the impression that a person who chooses to live in poverty must be very spiritual. Take Mother Teresa for example. Most people would agree that she did a tremendous work for the people of Calcutta, and ultimately for God and I certainly would not argue with this. But did her lack of money, did the fact that she had taken a vow of poverty, make her more effective or less effective? Could she have had an even greater impact, if she had had an abundance with which to help the poor, whom she so faithfully served? Many Christians and non-Christians alike have a great respect for Mother Teresa, but whether they believe in poverty strongly enough to follow her example, is another matter entirely.
People are not attracted by poverty.
I remember being told a testimony of a wealthy man, who after becoming a Christian, quit his well paid job in a bank, sold everything to give to the poor and subsequently lived in his car. That sort of thing does not impress me. I certainly have respect for someone who is prepared to do something like that, but it is sad because they are missing half of the picture. This ex-banker had sown his seed, but he had no expectation of receiving a harvest. Most non-Christians are not going to be attracted to the things of God by the possibility of God asking them to sell everything and live in their car. People are not attracted by poverty. Poverty is not a blessing.
When God tells you to do something, don’t apply logic!
Let me give you a testimony from my personal life. In 2010, my wife Verji and I began to believe God for a bigger car to meet the needs of our family. We had in our hearts to give our existing car to bless someone, but we applied logic – BIG MISTAKE! We reasoned that we would do it once we had our new car, so that we would not be without a car. Let me give you some advice: When God tells you to do something, don’t apply logic! As time went on, we began having mechanical problems with our car and it became clear that we would not be able to give it away. So to cut a long story short, on 24th August 2011 we made a commitment to God to sell our car and to give the money to people we knew, who needed a car. This was to be a seed towards our new car. We then proceeded to list our car on eBay (as shown).
We were left without a car, but we trusted God.
On 31st August 2011, following the direction of God, we gave a sum of money to someone else who needed a car. This money was enough for them to buy a second hand car. It meant that in the natural we could not afford another car, but we trusted God. Our car was sold on 18th September 2011 and we posted a cheque off to the people we wanted to bless (the photo is of my wife and eldest daughter, having just posted the cheque). We were left without a car, but we trusted God. We kept confessing that we had our new car and thanked Him for it on a daily basis. Time passed, and still no car. We were having to use the bus to get to church, which with two small children and quite a long walk to the bus stop, was certainly not a blessing! Now I cannot be sure, but I do believe, that had we been obedient to God and given away our old car when He told us to, the miraculous provision of a new car would not have been as long a time in coming. We compromised in order to not be without a car, but we were without a car anyway – but God forgives our mistakes and we learn from them.
We saw the law of seed-time and harvest in action.
As it was, a year went by with no car (the photo here shows the empty space where our car had been parked). It was a hard time for us. We were still really in the beginning stages of learning about faith and we certainly made mistakes along the way, but by God’s grace we kept going. Until finally in November 2012, about one year and two months after we had said goodbye to our old car, God provided enough money for a brand new car. There is more to this story, but I won’t go into anymore details here. Suffice to say that we saw the law of seed-time and harvest in action: we sowed seeds towards other people’s cars and we received the harvest of a brand new car – debt free.
The photos below, show me in the car showroom with our new car and my family and I as we prepared to leave the showroom.
Don’t let anyone sell you the lie that poverty equals spirituality.
God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11). What He did for my family and I, He will do for you. God does not want you to live in poverty, God wants your life to be a symbol of His goodness, that others will see and be attracted to. He wants you to have enough money, not only to meet your own needs, but also to be able to meet the needs of others. 2 Corinthians 9:8 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says, “God is able to make all grace (every favor and [earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]”. That is how we are supposed to be living! So don’t let anyone sell you the lie that poverty equals spirituality. If you want to sell your home and live in your car – go ahead. But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord, and expect Him to bless us abundantly.
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