23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did.
John 19:23-24 (NLT)
The above passage describes what happened to Jesus’ belongings after he was crucified. The soldiers in charged of guarding Jesus were fighting for it. They were so concerned over the potential damage on Jesus’ clothes that they settled for a peaceful means of drawing lots for it.
What does this event tells us? Jesus must have worn expensive clothes when he was arrested. It is very unlikely for Jesus to dress at his best when he was waiting to be arrested. So, we must conclude that those clothes were his casual wear. Ask yourself this question. Supposed you throw out a piece of your casual wear clothes (like a T shirt) to a group of soldiers, will they bother to draw lots over it?
This event tells us that Jesus was so rich that even his casual wear was very expensive, at least expensive enough for the soldiers of the mighty Roman Empire to draw lots for it.
We can see Jesus’ life on earth as an example for us. Jesus was never sick. We can never read in the Bible where Jesus got sick and had to visit a doctor. Instead, Jesus was the doctor for many who were sick. Jesus had perfect health when he was on earth.
Jesus was also very rich. His family received boxes of gold even before he reached the age of 2. When Jesus started his ministry, he never had to take a part-time job or ask anyone for money. He financed his own ministry. He must have a lot of money in order for him to do so. Even when he was crucified, the soldiers were drawing lots for his casual wear.
You may have noticed that the passage never mentioned Jesus’ money. Do you know why? Jesus never carried his money by himself. He had a disciple named Judas to carry his wallet for him. Are you rich enough to have someone else to carry your wallet for you?
What can we learn from Jesus’ life when he walked on earth? Remember, Jesus was setting an example for us. It is quite obvious that, God wants his people to live in good health and plenty of wealth while we are still on earth. The Bible never says we can only be rich and healthy in heaven. Our salvation does not begin when we die and go to heaven. Our salvation began the moment we believed in Jesus and became Christians. A Christian life is a life that is abundant in all things. All things include things that cannot be proven as well as things that can be proven like health and wealth.
Theologians and doctrine worshippers are very skeptical on the faithfulness of God. They have no problem with us wanting to live abundant lives as long as our abundance consists of things that cannot be proven objectively like joy, peace and treasures in heaven. However, when we cover the abundance of things that can be proven like health and wealth, they will get very angry as though God is unable to fulfill his promises.
Thank God for he is not a theologian. Our God is not afraid of promising prosperity that can be physically proven like health and wealth. Our God dares to promise us a lot of money. Jesus himself set an example of living in perfect health and abundance of wealth. Jesus wore expensive clothes. The question here is, do you dare to believe in him?
Knowing this truth will definitely set us free. We don’t have to live our lives trying to get rich or trying to make God to give us a lot of money because we are convinced beyond doubt that it is the greatest wish of God for us to prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. All we need to do is to believe in the faithfulness of our God and obey his words. It is not difficult to obey God when you truly believe that he is on your side and everything he does is always for your good.
Here is a disclaimer. When I say “good”, I am referring to the dictionary version, not the theological perversion. Theologians can define “good” as God doing perverted things to you like making you poor and sick for his “good” will. Such perversion comes from theology, not the Bible.
God wants us to live our lives everyday with positive expectations on good things happening to us. Every day when you wake up, confess that this is the day the Lord has made especially for you. You will see the manifestation of your prosperity today. When you open the mail box, expect a check inside. (This does not apply to those mails or emails that tells you that you have won lotteries you did not buy or somebody in Nigeria wanting to transfer money into your account.)
In short, live life with positive expectations. Expect good things, everyday in you life. If the good things do not come today, expect again tomorrow. If they don’t come tomorrow, expect again the next day. There is no end of tomorrow for those who have eternal lives. God wants us to live rich and he has done everything he could to make it happen. Our role is to agree with him and submit to his plan.
Live long and prosper.