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So there is an apparent misconception of God today. In my Christian walk thus far I have witness and even been apart of the attitude most Christians tend to have with Christ. Most of you are very similar with it; the GIVE ME, BLESS ME, MORE MONEY, A NEW HOUSE LORD attitude. I have come to the realization that God is a personal genie for a majority of the “Christians” of today. I remember I once did a little experiment on Facebook with the question for all my friends on my friend list. I asked “Why do you serve and love God”. The reason I promoted this question was because I had a feeling the majority of responses would based on what God does for them. Unfortunately I was pretty accurate. Out of about 50 responses about 2 people actually said “I serve and love God because he just is”. See the reality of the matter is that most of us have a conditioned love for Christ. We say we love him because we are psychologically trained to focus on how much we get. The more great things happen the better we feel about the relationship with Christ of course this has a negative effect because when things are not coming to us we begin to feel or relationship with Christ is stunted. We begin to think that we were doing something wrong, maybe not praying enough or going to a church building enough as a result to why the “blessings” decreased in our lives. We make God a conditional God based on our conditional relationship with Him. I can speak so well about this because this was me 2 years ago. I was one who saw God as my Genie. Good grades on a test because I prayed (not because I studied), won some money because God wanted to give me riches (God supports gambling right?), almost had a record deal because God wanted me to be rich. Those are some of the attitudes I had. What happened to contentment? What happened to the attitude I see in the early Church described in God’s word. What ever happened to seeing another day as being blessed?
1 Timothy 6 6But godliness with CONTENTMENT is GREAT gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
This is the attitude God wanting for us. He wants us to be content. Not this always wanting MORE MORE MORE attitude that we have today. We think we are doing God a justice by encouraging people that God is giving us so much riches and such that it will cause people to want to know God for themselves. In one case you are absolutely right, you absolutely can gain people to the god that you express with this ideology. The only problem is, is it the most high?
Gal 1 6I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7which is really no gospel at all.
Just because you gain people to take the “Christian” title does not mean they are really God’s. This is the main way God will say to many people I NEVER KNEW YOU. It’s because so many are and will be following a false gospel that does NOT have the power to save.
Matt 7:23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
If your god says that you need to keep praying and God will bless you with more more more but God’s word says be content and to not worry about what you have then we have a problem. One of those conclusions are wrong and the one in God’s word will win in the end regardless.
Luke 12 22Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
What do you notice here? God DOES NOT want us to be concerned about more blessings. We don’t have to worry about it, it’s God’s nature to bless without us having to treat Him as a Genie. It does not always even mean you are in a better place with God because you are receiving blessings. The word says He rains down blessings on everyone. I know that aggregates us because we want to feel better than others… feel special in a sense.
Matt 5:45 In this way you show that you are children of your Father in heaven. He makes his sun rise on people whether they are good or evil. He lets rain fall on them whether they are just or unjust.
Gets me a bit disgusted at seeing so many Christians with this GIVE ME mentality toward God. I see it everyday and had to really learn to be understanding with love that this is just how many people view God. You can say everything you want to people and it’s not likely someone is going to want to stop getting everything they want from God if that is the god they were introduced to. Who would want to trade of a genie type god for a God that would rather you be content? I was lucky and the only reason I was able to reject that false god was because I noticed other things that were not accurate about God’s nature. It resulted me to wonder what else I was wrong about.
It really makes me feel so wonderful to meet Christians who do have the godly attitude for Christ. More like the early Christians like Paul and the others. I mean this dude actually boasted about not having anything. I mean are you serious? The dude actually interrupted a conversation to boast about how much he does NOT have. Today’s Christian would feel sorry for him and feel he needs to pray or make changes so that he can get blessings.
2 Cor 11
What anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about.22Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. 23Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. 27I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?
30If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 31The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying. 32In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me. 33But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS DUDE? I know that is what most of us think but this is a beautiful attitude to have with God. Most of us would NEVER EVER boast about this type of experience. Don’t have enough money to pay your bills; boast about it. Didn’t get the job you wanted; boast about it. Why, because you are content with everything. This is the heart of a man content with God.
I want you to really think about the way you treat God today and test, question even if your attitude with God is the attitude he is looking for from his family. Do you treat God as a Genie? Will you reject this and find reasons why it’s OK to treat God as a Genie?