We criticize the health and wealth gospel, and rightly so. Such a false gospel distorts the truth of the Good News. The business of God is the eternal salvation of all, not their physical condition.
At the same time, we can sometimes be guilty, in our prayers and efforts, of promoting and seeking material gain and physical advantage. One of the saddest statements of Christ was made to the Samaritan woman, who had just asked for indoor running water.
Jesus answered her, “If you had known the gift of God and who it is who said to you, ‘Give me some water to drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
She and her fellow townspeople came to put their faith in Christ. They came to understand that Jesus is “the Savior of the world” Jn 4.42.
We know that already, do we not? Why then is so much effort and prayer devoted to inferior concerns like indoor running water? Why do we pursue material things so intensely? Why do we call benevolence our mission? Must not the business of the church be the same as that of its Savior, the eternal salvation of people?
Long past is the time when God’s people would say, “But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content” 1 Tim 6.8.
Let Jesus’ sad statement not be true of those who supposedly know the gift of God.