You have probably heard this before: “Poor as a Church Mouse”; not exactly a complement, I might add. And it was this indignation that drove me to find out whether if prosperity has a place in Christianity? If prosperity is for Christ-loving Christians? And if a loving God wants His people to prosper?

My journey through has been somewhat difficult and confusing, pushed against different factions. There are many diverting views even within the Christian circle and seemingly large undercurrents from traditional, denominational and personal opinions. However, I am only interested to know what God has for us, through the wisdom directly from the Source; the Helper that will teach us all things (John14:26). I know we have a good Shepherd who will lead us to the green pastures, not desolated ones.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 NKJV)

After going through Matthew 6:19-34, a key passage on our attitude towards money and wealth; what struck me was the way Jesus layered the sermon. On the surface, the passage is about material wealth, but upon closer study, the subject is really on the focus or heart of the believers. You see, your heart can ultimately only have one desire, so either you chase after riches or you chase after God; (in post-resurrection, Jesus is our righteousness). Those chasing after riches, are just foolishly short-sighted. But those who chase after God-Owner of the cattle of a thousands hills (Ps50:10), not only enjoy His goodness, His goodness will supply all you ever need!

But what about the character of our God? Does God just stop at provisions only? Just the basic of needs, nothing fancy or extravagant?

When Jesus first started His ministry, He was invited to a wedding feast, but the wine ran out halfway through the celebration. The couple or host may have miscalculated, or they may simply could not afford that much wine. In the brink of great embarrassment for them, Jesus performed His first miracle (even though His time has not come), turning 6 water pots, each 20-30 gallons of water into the best wine. And that is at least 120 gallons of the best wine. In modern context, that is over 600 bottles of 750ml of the best wines. From where I come from, it could probably be valued over US$100,000.

However, I think even with the divine luxury extravagance; the large amount of money it cost is not the point; the beautiful point is that Jesus was saving the hosts from a huge embarrassment and instead brought the celebration to even a higher level of joy and celebration. You see, Jesus (the face of God) and His ministry aren’t just limited to just “spiritual” things. His blessing are for all parts of life to those who adores Him!

Prosper Meaning

It would be myopic to see God’s prosperity as just financial blessings. From the Bible, it includes everything good from healing, protection, favour, wisdom, success, well-being and every good thing you could possibly need or hope for —all the good things Jesus paid for you to have.

the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.   2 Corinthians 4:4 (NKJV)

The gospel is the Good News. And the Good News must be good, right? The gospel is of the glory of Jesus Christ and the word glory (Doxa in Greek) in the NT always refers to a good opinion, resulting in praise, honour, and glory; in this case to Christ. Then, why are some believers resisting if God’s glory also brings prosperity, that will bring praise and honour to Christ?

Prosperity Gospel is an Oxymoron

People are going around seeking healing, peace, joy, hope and if they found Jesus, it results in the glory of Christ. And if so, why do some Christians scoff when people came seeking fortune or prosperity, and found Jesus instead? Will that glory be any different? Our Lord Jesus is not a God of Fortune per se (haha… Now that’s a thought!) but can the King of kings and Lord of lords in His sovereignty and will bestow His blessings and prosperity to His children? Of course, He can. I think we have to be very careful not to become the Pharisees in the Bible, erecting high walls around the Salvation of God, that Christ had pulled down.

The love of money is the root of all evil (1Tim6:10). Money is not the problem, Greed is. So if God wants to give lands you did not own, cities you did not build, and fruits you did not plant (Joshua24:13); will you say no?

Money or riches is a good servant but a bad master. To God, it is just a means to an end. And that end (or purpose) is always the relationship.

Christ is now seated on the right hand of Father God in heaven. And we are His ambassadors of heaven; we should live by the resources of heaven, and from the perspective of heaven, not by the depilated state of the earth we are in. So should be our mindset as well.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.  2 Corinthians 8:9

Prosperity gospel is an oxymoron. The Gospel is richer than prosperity, it is much more than merely provisions, it is the glory of God, the very glory of our Lord Jesus Christ! The One who was rich but give everything out to become poor. That we, through His poverty might become rich.

 

 

Prosperity And Provision from the Bible.

 

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