I feel that sometimes as Christians, we view prosperity as something negative. Perhaps it’s the “Get Rich Gospel” many preachers try to push on TV, but for some reason, in the back of our minds we feel that it’s a sin to prosper. Yet, in John 10:10, Jesus reveals, “The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The word abundantly here means “beyond measure.” Jesus wants us to have a life of prosperity! Certainly not in the sense of more money than we know what to do with or big fancy houses, but Jesus came to give us life beyond measure. He desires for us to live lives of overflow… Overflowing with His presence, overflowing with love, overflowing with joy, overflowing with the Holy Spirit.
So how can we have this wonderful life of prosperity that Jesus wants us to live? It’s spelled out in Psalm 1:3, “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall PROSPER,” [My emphasis added]. We must keep these things in mind to prosper:
- POSITION: The tree is planted by the rivers of water. As we read in Ezekiel 47, this river represents God and the Holy Spirit. We must make sure that we are planted firmly next to Him. The roots run deep and draw from that river. God is our only source for life. We find pleasure and company from friends and family, but Jesus Christ is truly are only source. Are commitment to Him cannot rely on circumstances or other individuals. We must be firm in our position.
- PRODUCE: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…” [Galatians 5:22-23]. These are not optional. If we are going to truly be living by the Spirit, we will produce these in our lives. Notice, according to the Psalmist, the tree will bear fruit IN SEASON. Just because I’m living a prosperous life, doesn’t mean that I’m not going to face storms and trials and valleys. But in that season, or time that I do face those things, I will have the fruit I need. Even though I may be in the middle of a storm, I still have peace. When I don’t know how God is going to be able to work in this situation, I have faith that He will work it out. No matter what I may be facing, circumstances do not dictate my joy. In my season I have the fruit I need, not a single leaf will even wither.
- PURPOSE: Living a life overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit is amazing. Being planted by the river of water is great. But is that all there is? Is the purpose of the Holy Spirit just to make me feel good and cope through life? The Holy Spirit is certainly our comfort, but the primary purpose is found in Acts chapter 1. Jesus commands His disciples not to leave Jerusalem until they receive the Holy Spirit because they were to be His witnesses!!! The purpose of a life overflowing is to share it with others. Jesus tells us in John 7:38 that out of our bellies will flow rivers of living water. Live such a life of overflow that it affects the people you work with, your neighborhood, and everyone you meet.
Living a life of prosperity isn’t about money. It’s about living a life of overflow. And when you have the right position, right produce, and the right purpose, you will prosper!!!