Have you ever considered the True Purpose of Prosperity?
Many Christians view financial “prosperity” and “abundance” as downright evil, citing over and over again Jesus’s parable about the rich man and his camel as ample justification for their view.
I get that. I used to have a hard time with the concept of monetary wealth too.
Coming from a family committed to public service, I couldn’t embrace the idea of “making a profit while making a difference.” The two goals seemed to contradict each other — cancel each other out.
I opted instead for career choices such as “legal aid attorney,” “assistant county attorney,” and “assistant public defender,” turning down more lucrative positions as a private practitioner in a reputable law firm. How could I charge big bucks to help someone in need?
Thankfully, my views have changed somewhat else I wouldn’t still be in business.
Thankfully, I studied Scripture with an open mind and heart.
Thankfully, I came to realize that prosperity and abundance are synonymous with faith.
What do you think?
Is the True Purpose of Prosperity to Glorify God?
I honestly believe God wants our lives to be free from sickness, poverty, and despair. His desire is for each of us to live life abundantly, full of joy and grace and hope.
We live in a fallen world, however. For now anyway.
Listen to the news. Read the papers, blogs, and weekly magazines. Watch the History channel. Since the beginning of time, prosperity and abundance have seemed far from reach for most of mankind.
So what can it mean to glorify God through prosperity?
Prosperity encompasses financial wealth, yes, but mostly — in my opinion — prosperity is a state of mind, a state of heart, a state of grace.
To glorify God through prosperity is to give thanks to God regardless of our circumstances and to strive to live meaningful lives full of peace, purpose, and joy.
To glorify God through prosperity is to use the gifts God has given us (financial and otherwise) in a way that honors Him.
Is the True Purpose of Prosperity to Bless Others?
To prosper evokes happiness as the founders of the USA intended and used the word. In writing about the inalienable rights of man, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, et al. saw happiness as a mutual raising of the human mind and spirit while also in service to the human condition. In essence, to prosper is to be fully for oneself AND fully for others. ~Kevin McCarthy, “What Does It Mean To Prosper?“
God’s desire is to bless everyone. The more prosperous we become (financially and otherwise), the more God can use us to bless others.
Now that’s a concept I can be comfortable with!
Consider this example: Do you tithe?
I’m not exactly a mathematician, but even I realize that the more I earn the greater my 10% (or 90%) can be. The more I earn, the more I can donate to my church, my community, my favorite charities.
And that makes me happy!!!
Is the True Purpose of Prosperity to Bless Ourselves?
I believe that if we pursue monetary riches, said riches may very well elude us or leave us feeling emptier than before.
I believe that if our heart’s desire is to live richly, however, we will be blessed financially and otherwise as children of the King.
“I do not seek prosperity. I seek God’s will in my life, and prosperity finds me. True prosperity.” ~James Robison, True Prosperity, © 2004, Life Outreach International.
What does “True Purpose of Prosperity” mean for you?
Can you be prosperous yet still be true to your faith?
Do you think prosperity and faith contradict each other?
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