Parable of the Wealthy Businessman
I did not grow up a Christian nor in a Christian home. So in my 2o’s when I began to dig into the Bible and discover its truths it was eye opening. I would read in complete amazement about how God wanted to have a relationship with me and talk with me daily. How He could prosper me and use me to heal people. How He could reveal hidden things to me, and fill my heart with an unending love to share with others. Then I began to wonder why these truths have not been more widespread and known in society and why so many Christians are praying for things that God has already promised us in His Word. This parable will explain why this is so:
There was once a wealthy business owner, who lived in the Southern United States. He amassed a huge fortune, so much so that he could not spend it all in 3 lifetimes. He had 4 children and left them each an equal share of everything he owned: stocks, real estate, cars, everything. His children were very young at the time of his death, so everything was written in a detailed will. His trusted attorneys were given the task of relaying this information to the children, when they were old enough to understand. There was one problem, the attorneys were corrupt and jealous the business owner’s success.
Many years later the children had grown to full age and were completely unaware of the contents of the will. They worked 2 and 3 jobs to make ends meet and were still barely getting by. The estate attorneys failed to disclose the assets that were left to them, so they were working for things that had already belonged to them. They knew that their father was a businessman, but they were incorrectly told (by the estate attorneys) that the government taxes and creditors had eaten up the remains of the business. As the years went on, the children of the wealthy business owner died one by one…not one of them received what their father had worked his entire life to provide for them.
In 2013, many Christians fail to receive what Jesus gave His entire life to provide for us. He paid a hefty fee to make sure that we were fully taken care of. He was beaten, whipped, and disfigured until He was unrecognizable. Through his intense beating, we have receive our healing. He bore our griefs, sicknesses, and diseases so that we would not have to. Then He laid down His life and was crucified so that our sins could be wiped away and we could be reconciled back to our Heavenly Father. When Jesus said, “It is finished”, He really meant it. The act of restoring man back to his original state after the fall of Adam had been completed. It was the ultimate victory of all victories. In the face of defeat, Jesus defeated the devil and gave us the power to do the same thing. Then He ascended up to heaven and commanded His followers to make disciples and declare the good news, just as He did.
But somewhere down the line, there was a breakdown in communication. The things that Jesus had died to give us, and recorded in His last Will and Testament (The New Testament) somehow did not make it to the people. The ones responsible for telling the people what was in the Will (the preachers and church leaders) began to spread a message that was convenient and easy to digest rather than the truth of the Word of God.
The result: Now we have generations of Christians who have moved so far left to the Word of God that when you speak about healing the sick, they look at you like you have 3 heads. If you talk about tongues or raising the dead, it is seen as something that happened ages ago, like a folk story about King Arthur or Peter Pan. They are working tirelessly for things that have been freely given to them. They pay for the world’s healthcare when God (Jehovah Rophe- The Lord that Heals) is the healer, and slave over 2 and 3 jobs when God has provided a financial plan that will supply all needs (Jehovah Jirah). Jesus is the deliverer, provider, healer and friend. Yet we have discarded Him and His Word and rely upon a failing world’s system to provide our every need (debt, prescription drugs, etc).
The truth and simplicity of the gospel has been convoluted into complex doctrines and a hierarchy of a church system that has done little more than focus on preserving its own existence, and ensure that the offerings keep flowing each Sunday. The mission of Jesus was to destroy the works of the devil: sin, sickness, depression, addiction, grief, etc. So if we are not actively doing that, then why even have church? Are we not the Body of Christ? His hands, feet, and arms sent to do His mission?
Maybe I’m just a voice in the wilderness. Maybe I’m just a over-zealous guy who is taking this “Christian-thing” way too far. Or perhaps you have just stumbled across this article because something inside of you is telling you there is indeed more to Christianity than what you have been experiencing. You have a desire to go deeper.
Yes, God is calling you…so pick up the phone and arise to who you were called to BE!
Troy Anthony Smith is a Pastor, author, and the founder of Demonstrate It, an organization that believes in healings, signs, and wonders. Pastor Smith currently resides in Los Angeles,CA, where he can be found at the grocery stores, malls, and street corners, laying hands on the sick, prophesying to the lost, and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God.