The Rich Get Richer
Matthew 13:12 (NKJV) says, “For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
It’s scriptural! I heard a man in a coffee shop say, “That’s the way of the world, the rich get richer.” Well actually that’s the way of our Heavenly Father! Now before you decide to stone me, give me some space to explain. To understand you must first know what rich in God’s eyes means.
2 Corinthians 8:9 says, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” That word rich there doesn’t just mean monetarily wealthy, although it certainly doesn’t exclude it. That word means to have abundance or to be fully supplied. If you are fully supplied you have everything that is needed and that abundance gives you more. According to the Word of God this is in every area of life. It would include His joy, peace, favor, knowledge, etc.
God calls Himself our Father. A good father takes care of his family in every area. God didn’t use the example of fatherhood in referring to Himself as an accident but as a way we could know without doubt. Just like natural fatherhood however, if the children go astray the parent cannot stop consequences. Why do we see bad things happen to good people? It is because humanity as a whole has gone astray. People erroneously believe it is because God orchestrates everything. This would be impossible and at the same time still allow us to have free will. That said, our good Heavenly Father wasn’t ok with this so He provided a way back. Just like the act of the first children not to obey, we have to do our part to come back to Him and to stay. It’s our choice; it always has been.
Sin is a slippery slope. Your sin, my sin, they don’t just affect us but all those around us. This is why there are so many tragic things that happen. As God’s people have gone astray, and continue to live disconnected, bad things happen. It’s not as an act of His will but ours. We live in a time in history when people, the Church, have been so astray that people don’t know which end is up. They haven’t let His Word dwell in them richly and therefore they don’t know Him, what He does or doesn’t do, or what He wants. They believe the lie from the devil that He is unknowable as well as His will and they fail to ever see it. However, that is no excuse.
God has made us rich and given us great ability that we will never see unless we repent and turn again to Him. To those who do, He will cause them to continually increase until they overflow. Those who who don’t but still say they are His, even what they have will be taken. God wants to increase you but it will only happen by seeking Him and doing His will. Only when you get sold out to what He has said, will you be free. Only then will you walk in the fullness that He already gave you. Only then will you resemble what a child of the Most High, overflowing and abundant God designed you to be.