For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. – Romans 14:17
Ever since Satan sold to Adam and Eve the deception of contentment in material things outside the presence of God in the Garden of Eden, generation after generation of people have fallen prey to this demonic scheme.
Greek mythology is awash with stories of a king called Midas who sought for the utmost of happiness and thought that this could be achieved through acquisition of great wealth. The story has it that King Midas requested and received power to change everything that he touched to gold. On receiving this power, the king excitedly hastened to put it to the test. He immediately touched an oak twig and a stone, which turned to gold. Overjoyed, as soon as he got home, he touched every rose in his garden, and all became gold. He excitedly touched the furniture, silverware, utensils and all other items in his home, and presto, all turned to gold. After several hours in basking in the joy of everything turning to gold, he got hungry and sat down to dinner. On touching his bread and wine, they turned to solid gold. Later, on embracing his daughter who turned to a solid gold statue, the king deeply regretted his wish and pleaded earnestly for it to be reversed.
There is more to Life
Our scripture reading for today reminds us that, “The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” There is far more to life than just having abundance of food, raiment, houses, cars, jewelry and material things. Unfortunately, most people come to this realization too late in their lives.
- Adam and Eve took this bait of Satan in choosing an illusory contentment in the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and immediately lost their glory and abundant life on earth with an attendant deep regret.
- The children of Israel fell to the same ploy of Satan when they chose a golden calf to the manifest presence of God in the wilderness.
- King Solomon fell to the same machination, and at the end of a miserable life despite being fabulously rich summed up his experience in Eccl. 12:8 (NLT), “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless;” and again in Eccl. 12:13 (AMPC), “The end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.”
The Devil’s Deception
Satan has been relentless in selling this deception of fulfillment in material things outside the presence of God to every generation. He even attempted to sell it to Jesus Christ, albeit unsuccessfully, in the temptation in the wilderness. The same demonic message was prevalent in the church of the first century as addressed by the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 6:5-6 when he said, “Useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” Of recent times, the church of God has come under the weight of such demonic assault with overemphasis in our pulpits of having the “Midas Touch,” while conspicuously losing the basic characteristics of the true Kingdom of God as stated in today’s scripture, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
We are children of the greatest Kingdom that ever came upon the face of the earth. We are citizens of an everlasting, indissoluble and indestructible Kingdom not only on earth, but also in heaven. We’ve been ordained to be “The Happiest People on Earth!” The formula for the fullness of life in our Kingdom is different from that of the world. We again remind ourselves of the revelation from our Lord and King in Matt. 6:31-34,
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Henceforth, seek earnestly and yield to the principles and dynamics of the Kingdom of God and “Flow, Oasis of the Happiest People on Earth, Flow!”
© 2019 Pastor Dr. Isaac Paintsil,
Sr. Pastor, Christ’s Oasis Ministries International.