How does the Bible say that you, Christian, will influence others?
By wealth? Success in your career? By being a magnet and drawing all things BIG and GREAT to yourself?
If this was the case, then Jesus, along with His disciples and the likes of Apostle Paul who wrote most of the New Testament, never influenced anybody.
What does the Bible say?
‘In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.’
1 Peter 1:6-7
The Bible teaches that when you suffer grief and all kinds of trials, the genuineness of your faith will be a witness to others. Not the gold (material things) you have as this is what the world seeks after and we have been called to be in the world, but we're not of the world.
Let us not cheapen the blood of JESUS by listening to false preachers who line their pockets with the gold of this world by selling you a false Christianity that IS NOT BIBLICAL.
‘For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.’
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
2 Timothy 3:1-7
Gullible and weak-willed people are always learning but never coming to the knowledge of truth. Why? Because they reject the truth because the lie is so much more pleasing to their carnal nature. The nature that says I can have all the things my heart desires as long as I put Jesus first. This lie has some truth mixed in to make it seem right, because putting Jesus first is of course the truth. But the lie mixed in here is that if we do this, we will have all the material things we desire.
This ‘JESUS’ label covers the greed and sets out to make it look holy. This is a form of godliness that appears holy, but it is just Satan luring people with the same things that Jesus was tempted with in the wilderness; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
And the question begs, are you really putting Jesus first? Because, if you are, then you will not be preaching or listening to such lies that do not honour Jesus and the blood He shed. This lie cheapens the cross to nothing more than worthless materialism and an attitude of me, me, me, I, I, I, my, my, my!
DON’T BE FOOLED. The Bible does not say you will have all the things you desire if you put Jesus first. It is a straight out lie from the pit of hell to lure you into a false worship and when you don’t get everything you want, you become disillusioned and paralysed by depression and a feeling of worthlessness, which is exactly what Satan wants.
In all this selfishness, you are not equipped nor able to carry out the great commission set before you.
‘He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.’
You will never know the joy and peace of Jesus when you are always waiting for the ‘life more abundantly’ that is falsely promised to be found in material possessions and the vain things of this world. It’s an empty promise made by a spiritual being that wants to steal, kill and destroy you and uses men who represent God to do his dirty work. The preachers are just as deceived as those who believe them. They delude themselves into believing that they are following Jesus. This is Satan’s plan for you. You already have life more abundantly, and so did Jesus, and apostle Paul and all those who take up their cross and follow Him.
What is God’s plan?
Well, the Bible doesn’t promise riches of this earth, nor glory or power in the way the world see it, nor success in career, nor popularity among men.
Does that mean I will never have anything good?
Of course not. When the Lord blesses us, we should receive the gift with thankfulness and share our blessings with others.
We are called to live a different life than the world and the way we used to live. This is the fruit of our Christian walk. A life of true righteousness and holiness. True repentance means putting off your old self and putting on your new self. The new self is not SELFISH! Nor does it read the Bible to seek personal gain and use Jesus as the vehicle to having all the things your heart desires. Please don’t be carried off with this “new age” false Christianity.
Does your preacher continually talk about “career”, “contracts with your name on it”, “being a better you”, “drawing big blessings like a magnet”?
If so, your preacher is getting his advice from a ‘new age’ philosophy called, ‘The Law of Attraction’. It is the name given to the belief that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. These are deceiving doctrines – stay away from them!
‘The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.’
1 Timothy 4:1
‘That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.’
Ephesians 4: 20-24
What the Word does promise you is that Jesus loved you enough to die a public death for you, that He would suffer His beard being plucked out, He wore a crown of thorns, His flesh was torn from His body and He hung on a cross with two criminals, being wrongfully labelled a blasphemer against God as He bore the sins of the world – for you and for me.
It starts to make the magnet idea look rather vain doesn’t it.
Repent for ever believing such a thing and read your Bible and see why He died and the life that He has called you to live.
‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.’
Is it GOLD or GOD? It’s your choice!
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
I pray your eyes and ears will be open.
— By Judah Ayling