LifeWay Research recently found that 70% of Christians believe “God wants me to prosper financially.” 25% of Christians believe that “to receive material blessings from God, I have to do something for God.” Christians in the American South are most likely to believe these things, as are Pentecostals, Baptists, and undenominated Christians.
Human beings naturally want to believe God shares their goals and definitions of what is good, but the Bible contains story after story about God’s entirely different ideas of what we need. Having wealth, health, and a shelf (home) are nice, but God’s goal is to know you and transform you to be like him.
Heb. 5:8: “Son though [Jesus] was, he learned obedience from what he suffered.”
Which is to say, no one has ever matured in love without difficulty. You cannot walk without friction. When we are teachable, difficulty is opportunity. For most of us, wealth is spiritual sugar.
Let’s stop expecting God to give us the means to destroy ourselves and ask instead for our “daily bread.”
Pastor Matthew Lucio, M.Div, graduated from Seminary at Andrews University in 2010. Thence, he pastored in Tennessee and Iowa, and now in Illinois.
Matthew and his wife, Laura, added their daughter, Aerith, to the family in 2014 and now are expecting another girl in the fall of 2018. In addition to ministry, Matthew also founded Adventist History Podcast. Laura puts up with his podcasting, but their daughter, Aerith does not. So Matthew writes and records from a secure and undisclosed (from Aerith) location. Learn more about Matthew and his podcast at