I was blown away by the sermon I preached at Bloomington church yesterday, which in turn has shown it’s really God preaching to me:
We are told that each craft has its practical use. Every single skill you’ve learnt, every single class you’ve taken, and every single book you’ve read, are meant to be used in solving a practical problem, be shown of the transformative result, and correspondingly shall bring you financial reward.
However, this is not how prophetic ministry (and the scholarly discipline of theology for that matter) works.
Instead of prosperity, it must go hand-in-hand with loneliness and poverty and should go on like that at all times.
The point is not (as traditional essentialists claimed) that in the end-time, our fate shall reverse, as if those suffer right now will ONE DAY get rich and happy in Heaven.
The point is that a Christian will just be ETERNALLY poor and lonely, yet dialectically, we are AT THE SAME TIME rich and happy in the « Christ reality »– a reality that trumps the physical reality at the present time and in the end-time shall supervened upon the physical reality.
Glory resides and subsists in suffering, yet in faith ultimately supervenes on it. Exaltation resides and subsists in humiliation, yet in faith ultimately supervenes on it; and wealth- poverty; joy- sorrow.
An ethical ontology that is actualistic
As I prepared my testimony for my sermon, I am just amazed at the abundance of grace God has given me in my life to see through this dialectics.
What is a seemingly foolish investment and stumbling career is proven a tool by which God shapes and sharpens me into a cornerstone upon which the Builder may lay a foundation for His Kingdom.