One Thought – A Devotional
Discard Your Transactional Life
3 December 2017
In economic theory, commercial “transactions” as we know it today began when specialization of production, based on proprietary skills and environmental advantages, evolved.
Accompanying this development were market places which formed to enable exchanges of goods and services among those who needed the goods and services and those who provided.
It all started with the simple barter trade among producers of different products and services. Then the exchanges got monetised.
Soon, traders started coming into the picture and, not long after, the middlemen, and then the financiers.
Initially, every transaction was based on a mutual exchange of goods and services. I give you this for that which you have, which I need or want. Later, as forms of universally-accepted money appeared, barter was done away with. You could buy and sell with cowry shells and metal coins.
Are the prosperity messages preached by some of our churches today any different from these? Give, and you will prosper, so the refrain goes! Give to receive!
Is it possible that prosperity can be bought from God? Will He strike such a bargain with us? Let me win this week’s 4D, LORD, and half of the winnings are Yours! Even in the corridors of our churches we sometimes hear this: “Give, lah, and you will surely prosper.”
After all, Proverbs 3:9-10, seems to say this clearly:
“Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.”
Yet, if you read carefully, this verse is not worded as a transaction. The emphasis is about honouring God first. It is to be your only motivation. It is not to honour Him in order to gain a reward. It is about honouring Him wholly. The rewards are a consequence.