Your Social Status and Being a Believer
1 Timothy 6:1 – All slaves should show full respect for their masters so they will not bring shame on the name of God and his teaching.
There is a popular belief that you can know a Christian by his/her social status. You’ll hear statements such as “if you are a Christian and you are poor, then there’s a problem”, or statements like “how can you preach the gospel and be poor”, well, let’s see what the scriptures say. First of all does God want us to be comfortable on the earth, wealthy, etc, well of course, God desires that we prosper even here on earth, remember in Genesis, the dream Pharaoh had and Joseph interpreted, in it, God expressed His desire to see people prosper.
Joseph responded, “Both of Pharaoh’s dreams mean the same thing. God is telling Pharaoh in advance what he is about to do.
The next seven years will be a period of great prosperity throughout the land of Egypt.
As for having two similar dreams, it means that these events have been decreed by God, and he will soon make them happen
It’s a desire God has not just for believers, but for everyone in the world. Our key scripture speaks about slaves, notice the encouragement Paul was giving the slaves, it wasn’t encouragement to struggle and become billionaires, or an encouragement to overthrow their masters, but to show full respect to them. It doesn’t end there, he also speaks about a lack of respect bringing shame on Gods name and his teaching…his teaching there not talking about Gods teaching, God wasn’t the one doing the teaching, but the slaves. They were slaves, but they could still teach. Their status as slaves in no way affected their work in ministry. It’s false ideology to believe that a person’s status would be a determinant as to whether the person should preach Jesus or not. What Christ did for us on the cross is beyond anything in this world, so no societal position, academic result, or social status should affect your boldness to preach Jesus, or teach His word.
Apostle Paul also speaks about people who try to relate a desire to become wealthy to godliness in Christ, here’s what he says;
1 Timothy 6:5 – These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy
You’ll notice that such people have a deficiency in knowledge, and are very ineffective in doing God’s work. We are encouraged to work hard, but also be content, it’s a show of growth…maturity in Christ. Remember God wants us to prosper, but not to turn wealth to a focus, talk more relating it to His work in us and through us. You are in Christ complete, if an upgrade in status was that important, Christ would have given you the moment you became a believer. Don’t be intimidated, keep doing God’s work with boldness.
Thank you Lord for your work in me, and your gift of redemption. Teach me to keep on doing your will despite my status on the earth, amen.
Author – Gem