“Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.”
– Luke 8:3
To wrap up our discussion about wealth in the Kingdom of God, I want to emphasize one very important thing: not everyone will be asked to give up everything that they have. In the parable of the rich young man, Jesus saw that wealth was a stumbling block to total trust; in other words, it was an idol, so He told him to sell it all. On the other hand, there are multiple examples of wealthy people of whom He did not make such a request. Zacchaeus was a well-to-do guy who made money as a tax collector and Jesus didn’t ask him to surrender his fortune. John Mark was also wealthy, as was his mom, who was widowed and had a huge estate that served as a hub for the early church in Jerusalem. Then there was Susanna, a rich young woman who supported Christ’s ministry, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza. Historically, Chuza was the manager of Herod’s estate, and his job was to peddle an ancient version of Viagra (tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor). By doing that, he and his wife became incredibly wealthy, and they used that money to support Jesus’ travels and subsidize other things that He did. You see, the Lord often uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise and to bring about His purposes. He doesn’t mind people having wealth — it’s simply a matter of their priorities.
Jesus has no problem with your money, my friend; it only becomes a hindrance when it’s number one in your life. The Lord loves blessing His people, even through unconventional means, so that they can be a blessing to others — this is how the Kingdom of God expands on the earth. If you haven’t already, pray, surrender, and tell your Savior that you are willing to give back everything He has given to you. Then, listen for His voice, seek opportunities to be generous whenever and wherever you go, and expect that your happiest and most blessed life will follow!
Jesus, I surrender everything you have given to me and I give it back to you. Show me how I can be a blessing to others.
What purposeful act of generosity might you undertake today?
Amen! God loves a cheerful giver and I believe that wealth is not a bad thing. Wealth is what we make it I say give and receive Jesus he is all I need:)