“Do Not Allow Greed For Unjust Gain To Block You From Gods Love!”
There are three dimensions of church growth worth mentioning. These are numerical, financial and spiritual. Numerical growth and financial growth are visible and measurable. But spiritual growth which is the key component of growth is somewhat difficult to measure.
It has been argued sometimes that financial growth is a response to spiritual growth. This of course is not true because if you consider some of the ways by which the Christians acquire the money which they offer and which enhances financial growth, you may be heartbroken.
In the same way, numerical growth is not a true measure of people yearning for the word of God.
A true measure of spiritual growth is when Christians practice truth, justice and the fear of God in the execution of their daily chores. Through prophet Ezekiel God said, “…My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays the instrument well, for they hear the words but do not put them to practice…”(33:30-33).
This is where the problem is! As long as the words are not put into practice, they are there to be entertained! Therefore the psalmist said, “Today if you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts…”
In this text, the greed for unjust gain is what is causing people not to put God’s word into practice. We should strive each day to pray, “Lord, turn my eyes from looking at vanities and give me life in your ways…” Amen!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!