Let me open by saying, when I wrote this piece I read it to my family and asked them if they understood what I was trying to say. There are two words I will be using here prosperity, and posterity. These two words sound similar, but two completely different meanings.My wife suggested that in the beginning of this piece I explain the meaning of the word posterity as she had never heard it used in connection with the Body of Christ, and neither have I. So I will try.
1. Generations of people to come in the future;
2. All of a person’s descendants, their bloodline
In this story when the posterity of Christ is mentioned, it refers to all those who have been redeemed by His blood and all those who will be redeemed in the future; this is the definition of the posterity of the Lamb of God.
How many times have you heard someone say……If I just had 10 million dollars, that’s all I would need, or what I could do with just a million dollars?
But, when is the last time you heard someone say…….If I just had the power of the Holy Spirit working through me that all I would need, or what I could do with just some anointing.When is the last time you heard someone say…..If I could just show His love and lead someone to Christ that’s all I would need, or what can I do to show love and compassion to someone.
There is a mindset that the enemy has placed on the human condition that is of this world and not of God. It is the natural condition of our mind, the natural condition of the human spirit. The Bible says that the “love of money” is the root of all evil. We have convinced ourselves and conditioned our thinking that the love of money is being greedy or lusting after wealth, a grand act or Wall Street insider trading thinking.
Nothing is further from the truth. I am here to tell you that the love of money is much simpler than that. If we, the redeemed, the blood washed, salvation rescued, spirit- filled, joint-heirs, and adopted seed of Christ teach and believe in our own prosperity above, foremost and rather than the posterity of Christ, we are under the condition of the mindset that Satan has on the flesh, and that is the “love of money”. If our goals are prosperity minded, rather than posterity lead we are probably influenced more by the “love of money”, than we are lead of the Spirit. OUCH!
Defined Again: Posterity simply defined is the future generations and bloodline collectively or all the descendants of one person.
We are the posterity of Christ, our birthright written in His blood. I find this fascinating. We are of the generation of He who was slain, buried and resurrected. We are the direct descendent of He who died on the cross. Our prosperity is only in His posterity. The Lord directed us in the “Great Commission” to bring others to the foot of Calvary for redemption, and His word tells us in Jude 22 that is those who have compassion that make a difference in the world.
Jesus tells us in Mark 12:28-31- The greatest commandment is to so love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, mind, strength, passion, intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.”
If we love others as we are commanded by our Lord, and have true compassion, we will reach out to a lost and dying world with the message of the cross, to bring the lost to Christ that they may join in the ranks of the posterity of the Lamb.
If we are truly His disciples, then we must prepare the way for our Lord’s second coming and for his kingdom, even as John the Baptist did for his first coming. If we truly are His disciples, and believe His Word, and long for His return, we must our follow our mission as laid out before us in the Great Commission until he comes, and that is to tell His message of salvation, to tell of His love and to lead the lost to Him.
But sadly there are many within the Body of Christ who think that their own prosperity is more important than the posterity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is one reason so many in the church have fallen astray and have been carried away by all kinds of weird and strange doctrine. We as the church are not doing our duty as we are commanded to do, and that is to lead the lost to Christ, and make disciples. Many Christians today have lost a sense of Jesus’ presence and purpose among us, and it is because we in the Body have lost sight of the mission our Lord has clearly given us. We are to tell others bringing them to salvation adding to the posterity of Christ which is our prosperity.
The Christians most fundamental duty is to lead the lost to Christ and preserve those souls redeemed for Christ’s posterity. (descendants, future generations) God wrote His memoir in Christ’s blood for posterity. (the future, descendants). You and I are responsible and we have been commanded in His word to ensure the continuation of the bloodline (posterity) on Christ by leading the lost to Calvary, and showing compassion to a world in need a Saviour to save them, adding them to all those from generation to generation that have been redeemed, the descendents of the cross, which includes you and I, the posterity of Christ.
Posterity and Prosperity….Two different words, two different meanings.
Your own prosperity, or the posterity of Christ, which do you think is more important? More importantly, which do you believe that God thinks is more important?