Welcome to another podcast and I am Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read today’s broadcast and all previous podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com.
Today we will continue on last week’s message about how we are living in a time that is wealthier than any other in history throughout the world, which labels this era we are living in as that of the “lukewarm.” This means that all Christians throughout the industrialized nations are all wealthy.
Today I wish for those listening to take a step back from the world they now live within and take a moment to think. Think about the question that is the title to today’s and last week’s podcast.
“How should a wealthy Christian live?”
Now with that question in mind I wish to read to you from the second chapter of Acts:
42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity – 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
What I read to you is how we are to live in Christendom. Do we live this way? The answer for the most part is “no.”
Many gather in a church, but churches can be too big or lacking the truth or both. However, this is not what was envisioned for the Body of Christ as is shown in this verses above. The closest we see any living this way today are the Amish.
This however is how we should be living. In a community that works lives and shares together. Should we go to the extent that the Amish do? Having no cars, no phone. That is for each community to discuss with themselves. Will communities actually listen to me and try to live this way? Honestly today. I doubt it. Why?
It is because we are to spoiled and think more of our own wants and desires over those of a community. However, that is the ideal we should strive to seek for. Again, Why?
Because we see that it works per the Bible. This living in a close knit community was made easy in the first three centuries. Once again why? Because they were being persecuted and they could seek comfort in the comradery from the communities they made throughout the Roman Empire.
Today, Christian communities throughout the world are coming more and more under attack. From outright violence to being ordered not to congregate. One reason this is because these communities are fractured and spread apart. Not only because they live apart, but because many truly do not connect in a spiritual manner.
Sure they meet up once maybe twice a week. They say a few words to each other. Then go their separate ways. Going back to the world, which without realizing is their real master. Thus many who feel and believe they are steadfast true believers of Jesus Christ are in reality the lukewarm. Walking a line between God and the luxuries and temptations of the world. But by the mere fact that they are walking this line they don’t realize they are lost.
The verses that I read at the beginning of today’s podcast are the solution. Close knit communities. Not separated, but together in one area. Sharing amongst themselves and those in need. Living their lives together within the same area. Still going to their jobs, but when they come home they come to one community. Be it an apartment complex to a housing development. All share the expenses so they can gather the surplus to be used for the will of God.
Now here is a good point to make something clear. Last week I said it is wrong to give a tithe to a brick and mortar building called a church. Hebrews 7 makes it clear that we are to tithe ten percent to God. It is by giving it to a brick and mortar building that has allowed false teachers to come into being. Allowing them to live high off the hog while creating a flock of people who are without any doubt 100% lukewarm.
These false teachers have convinced their followers that seeking after worldly wealth is biblical. If you remember the very last verse I read last week (Mathew 6:24), it make it clear that to seek after money is to make money their god. Then by loving money they show that they hate God. So they are not seeking to live their lives the way that our Savior Jesus Christ seeks for us to have.
My suggestion, as was made clear last week, is to live totally opposite the way of the money seekers, the prosperity teachers. My recommendation was to live off the least amount of money that comes into your life as is physically possible. The more money this world gives you in your job or inheritance the less of it you need to live upon. Causing the majority to be set aside to be used as funds to help those people within the body of Christ, your fellow Christians that are in need of help. As established in 1 Timothy 6. We should also help those that are in true need outside the body of Christ. For we are instructed to help all the needy.
Following this suggestion not only allows us to have the ten percent, which is asks of us in Hebrews 7 it gains access to even more than that. All to be used for the Glory of God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. As we live in a community of our fellows the need for a fancy building to meet in become unnecessary. Sure it does say in the verses above that they went to the Temple. However, it also states that they met in home to perform the sacrament of the Communion. Why they did this was due to the persecution they were experiencing at that time. Nevertheless, having the need for a fancy and large building to accomplish this gathering together is shown not to be needed. Since the most important part of their worship of the Son of God was done at their homes.
We were instructed to baptize and Christ during the Last Supper gave us Communion. These are all the ceremonies we are required to do to show we are followers of Jesus Christ. There is no need for statues or large building to gather within. There is no call for this. These are all the actions of humanity, which is a form of self-glorification. We could even meet in the middle of nowhere and that would be enough to worship our Creator through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
We need a community to lean upon to seek comfort as well as seek strength from when we are weak within our own lives. This is shown without question in Acts 2. A community that is closer together then they are today. We are told to fellowship but not just once or twice a week, but daily. That is why we need to be closer together.
Can we do this in social media?
That is an excellent question. And one I honestly don’t know how to answer. As I said I have been called to be a teacher. That is a question that an overseer needs to answer.
“What is an overseer?” someone just asked. That is something that is in my job description to answer.
1 Timothy 3:1 – This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
The office of bishop – G1984 – episcope – inspection (for relief); by implication superintendence [Strong’s]
An overseeing, visitation, a judgement [Bible Hub]
This is the true meaning of the word that was made into “bishop” by those who translated the KJV of the Bible since at that time the Catholic Church mentality still held sway over them. So the actual word should have been made “overseer.” As an example of this look to the NLT of the verse. Now it just says “church leader.”
Here though we get back to a mentality that is again ingrained into today’s society the need for a building called a “church.” So the use of the word “church leader” is inaccurate as well. Their true title should be “overseer” or even “shepherd.” Since we are dealing with a “flock” of Christians that would seem to be appropriate.
So to end this teaching today. We will revisit the four points of how a wealthy Christian should strive to live their lives.
1) They do work that is good toward the will of God.
2) That they seek to be virtuous and thus valuable to God
3) They be ready to give willingly and generously of their money that has been given to them by God at a moment’s notice
4) That the make it known verbally that they are ready to be generous to those within the Christian community and showing no restraint in how much they are willing to give.
We should possible now add a fifth.
That they seek to live together in one close knit community. So that they can seek comfort and strength from one another.
If we truly seek to do this we will all become closer to God through our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. In doing so we will give Glory to our Creator and thus be a light unto the world as we are instructed to be.
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Mathew 5:14-16