Updated: Jul 15, 2019
We are not looking for a wealthy place we are the wealthy place.
Promise Of Wealth P-1
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (2Corinthians 4:7)
In this particular text we can celebrate Gods placing His spirit within flesh. Even more directly, we can celebrate His word being made alive in us through our receiving the Gospel of the Christ and walking out the Gospel of the kingdom. What if we could consider as well God desiring to bring forth the wealth that is buried deep within each of us, like a miner mining precious gold or jewels out of the dark filth of the mine? In the purchasing of said mine, there is an assessment made to determine the potential value and yield of the property. Since God paid such a price for each of us it must suggest there was a predetermined worth much more valuable than we can even figure. After purchasing the mine, then the real work starts. Most of the time the real treasure is not immediately recognized: there is a process that is employed to dig out the wealth. First there is digging a lot of dirt that has to come out before we get to the gold. And as we dig out the dirt there has to be shoring up and supports put in place to compensate for what has been removed. In the natural we have learned to depend on the flesh and carnal systems we become dependent on our failures, hurts, anger, and un-forgiveness. When they are being removed so that God can get to our true value, he has to shore us up with supports of his presence in the sense of worship, and compassion, love, faith, joy. Sometimes there is surface mining where layers have to be stripped away, and sometimes blasting is used where it takes great explosions to bring forth the treasure. These begin to look a lot like the calamities of life; they look like relationships based on loyalty and not faithfulness being dissolved. They look like people walking away in the times of your greatest need they are allowed in order to bring forth the greater you. In the text, Paul is speaking of the value of the word of God being manifest in us. This revealing is taking place as a result our daily dying through the press of life. Matthew 13:44 we read, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” The treasure is most commonly interpreted the word of God, but I can't help but to think that he purchased us at such a great cost.
Just as the man who purchased the field and the fact he hid the treasure is just like our greater value is hidden a lot of times, even to us. The one who purchased it, had the ability to recognize and hide the treasure until he solidified the deal, which is another parallel in the earthen vessel and a field. Our value is made sure by the word, that is why our agreement is needed in the equation. Remember we were a word from God before we were flesh and it is in that word that treasure is hidden. The unity between that word and the word of God is covenant of God. The council of God brings forth the manifestation of my true value, my faith identity. Let us also reference Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. Good treasure comes forth from Godly motive Godly motive is produced from agreement with Gods truth.
We spend a lot of time and energy trying to gain a wealth we already possess. We are no longer looking for the wealthy place, we are the wealthy place. John, in his salutation to his friend says, “I will that you prosper as your soul prospers, so the origin of the prosperity is from the individual in Luke 6: 38 “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” We see a picture that out of our bosom shall come an abundance running over. As we give love, kindness, and forgiveness the same shall be given back to us and as a result the cup running over. Even throughout the Old Testament, God called his chosen a treasure.( Exodus 19:5, Deuteronomy 7:6, 14:2, Psalms 135:4.) The true wealth is seeing you as God sees you the psalmist says in Psalm 139:14” I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” The psalmist was not speaking of just an outward appearance rather he was speaking of a place within himself that only God knew. In John 7:37, 38 “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” The first requisite in this passage was "thirst" this is a need for pursuit seeking after. The second was "believe" this is about a confidence that establishes truth and agreement. It’s what you believe, that the required here is the Word concerning the Christ and the promise is that out of our belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Remember, life and civilization would be centered on rivers. Life tends to flourish around rivers for obvious reasons, such as fertile growth of agriculture, transportation, security, and water for drinking. Picture these spiritual rivers of abundance and overflow, coming forth out of thirsty believers of Christ. How we could change the culture around us, cultivating supernatural growth to the glory of God. This is wealth.