When does wealth become a barrier to faith? It’s a provocative question. Surprisingly, the answer is quite straightforward – it happens when wealth replaces our trust in God. For some, just a few dollars in their pocket might lead them astray. For others, it takes millions. Yet, they are not swayed, for their hearts are deeply anchored in faith.
The Divine seeks individuals He can entrust with wealth. It’s a call to stewardship that many followers overlook, consumed by worries over money and its worldly temptations. There’s an alternative path – one that enables you to serve God with your resources.
Remember, there’s a crucial difference between being broke and being poor. Broke is a momentary financial state, while poverty is a mindset that sees only limited opportunities. And this scarcity mindset can hinder God’s intervention in our lives.
The good news, however, is that prosperity starts not with what you possess, but who stands by you.
In a quest to understand this more deeply, I devoted a year to studying over a hundred books on finance. I read countless messages, reflected on Scripture, and prepared an 18-part sermon series on finance. Originally planned as a six-part series, it turned into a full exploration of our relationship with money. It was possibly the most controversial thing a pastor named Jim Baker could do. My goal? To help my congregation align their hearts with the divine before discussing practical matters like investment or stewardship.
The result was nothing short of miraculous. Twenty-five church members completely eliminated their debts, with many even managing to pay off their houses.
How was this possible? The answer lies in 3 John 2: “You may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” A prospering soul naturally leads to an external transformation.
My interpretation of prosperity is having ample resources to fulfill God’s assignments for you and to aid others in their divine missions.
So what are we discussing here?
We are talking about God’s provision for your vision. We, as Christians, do not chase after wealth. We seek God. And prosperity is a natural outcome of this pursuit. However, this doesn’t mean every Christian will become a billionaire.
It implies that your finances will align with your divine purpose. A farmer in Uganda and someone reaching out to the Hollywood elite will have vastly different financial realities. Remember, stay in your path, and God will provide for your vision.
I urge you to perceive Christianity as ‘prosperity with a purpose.’
Wealth is meant to create influence. Income is intended for impact. Prosperity carries a divine purpose.
And that purpose is to bring transformation to the world.
Consider this, if you can’t afford a trip to the local grocery store, how can you finance a mission to the far corners of the world? An empty pitcher cannot fill another’s cup.
Despite the prevalence of flawed teachings on finances, we shouldn’t shy away from this topic. Yes, there have been misleading interpretations of heaven too, but that doesn’t deter us from aspiring to reach there.
Fear of error leads us to error by ignoring the truth. Instead of fretting over past mistakes, let’s refresh our perspective, take a spiritual plunge with God, and discover the essence of true prosperity.
Prosperity with a divine purpose.