Claiming Our Kingdom Birthright: Embracing Christ’s Gifts of Health and Wealth

Often, in the community of believers, health and wealth have been met with contention. Indeed, the so-called “health and wealth” gospel has been the subject of many heated debates. Yet, let us consider this—Jesus didn’t bear the cross to propagate a gospel of sickness and poverty.

Consider the enemy’s tactics: if he can keep you in a state of disease and want, he effectively inhibits your divine destiny. Sadly, some believers have fallen into the trap of thinking that God afflicts them with illness to make them more Christlike.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Jesus was never ill, and it’s the Holy Spirit’s role to shape us in the image of Jesus—not sickness. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our well-being and prosperity, leaving nothing out.

Two common misinterpretations often taint Christians’ views concerning health and wealth. The first is that poverty is a virtue, that it brings you closer to Jesus.

But if poverty were truly virtuous, why does the Bible encourage us to aid the poor? Would that not sabotage their spiritual growth?

A fundamental truth to understand is that the most ineffective way to assist the poor is to be poor yourself.

Your current financial situation shouldn’t be a source of shame, but if you’re siding with scarcity, your gaze will never rise to the fullness of what Jesus sacrificed for us on the cross. We sometimes need to uproot harmful beliefs before we can sow the seeds of fruitful ones.

Ponder this…

Isn’t it curious that monks who take a vow of poverty live on the contributions of others? We’re all called to be stewards of God’s gifts, and to do so; we must have something to steward. The parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) commends those who invested wisely and reaped a profit. In Genesis 26:12-13, Isaac is blessed by God to be rich and continues to grow wealthier. God, not the devil, brought him prosperity. In Matthew 6:10, we’re encouraged to pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. There’s no poverty in heaven—no economic downturns or decades-long mortgages. God’s kingdom is abundant, while the enemy operates on scarcity. If wealth were detrimental, wouldn’t Satan lavish Christians with it to lead them astray? In the Book of Job, Satan takes Job’s wealth, but God restores it twofold. Proverbs 13:22 tells us that a righteous man leaves an inheritance for his grandchildren. We’re called to “Seek first the kingdom of God,” and with that, “all these things will be added…” (Matthew 6:33).

The question that arises is: how much is too much? The answer is straightforward—any amount that replaces your trust in God.

Ironically, the religious community rarely objects to a believer being a million dollars in debt, and they celebrate when he becomes debt-free. Yet, if he gains a million-dollar surplus, criticism ensues.

Material wealth isn’t always a sign of God’s blessing, but sometimes it is. Many biblical figures—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Solomon—were directly blessed with wealth by God.

This revelation leads us to one simple truth: you don’t have to police others’ prosperity. Don’t judge someone’s harvest without knowing the seeds they’ve sown.

Loving God doesn’t necessitate poverty, and wealth doesn’t automatically confer godliness—mafia bosses can attest to this. Money, like anointing, is simply a tool to achieve things in its respective realm.

We must establish a biblical perspective of money. It’s an instrument meant for kingdom purposes.

Money isn’t a ticket to pride. It’s a sign that you’re trustworthy enough to handle more resources for the King and his kingdom.

Let’s ensure that we’re tending to our beliefs, weeding out harmful ones, and preparing the soil for the seeds God wishes to sow in our lives.

Remember this: if God can channel money through you for His kingdom, He will provide you with more than enough.