For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all (Matthew 6:32 ESV)
Today is Day 2 of our miniseries on what the scriptures say about wealth, poverty, and material prosperity. Today, we will go up the mountain to hear Jesus teaching the sermon on the mount. He has been speaking on the basic material needs of humans, including clothing, food, and housing. The verse above is a critical piece that gives us God’s perspective of our material needs.
Jesus says the gentiles seek after all these things. He then continues and says, “your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” God KNOWS we need these material things. He does not deny our material needs, neither should we. We need these things. They are not wrong in themselves.
In the same verse, He contextualizes this thought by looking at the other side: when things go wrong. He says gentiles seek after all these things. The gentiles today refer to the unsaved, and they live with material things at the center of their lives. They live for these things. In other words, material things drive their entire existence.
This verse, therefore, addresses two problems. First, God’s people have a possible repulsive attitude towards money( the center of material things today) as non-essential. Secondly, the unsaved live their entire life driven by material things. Divine prosperity begins with fully embracing the divine perspective about money and material things.
See you tomorrow for Day 3 of our miniseries!
What are the two major perspectives about money and material things which Jesus addresses in the verse above?
APPLY THE WORD
Can you agree with God that you need money and material things to live here on earth? Would you also be willing to accept that money can become the purpose of existence and life in someone’s life? It is crucial to have the correct perspective. Please do not take any of these extremes. Have God’s perspective.
Ask the Father to give you the right perspective about money, your physical needs, and material things.