Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Not Enough, Just Enough or More than Enough?

Most people have a problem with what they term as “the prosperity gospel,” because they see it as just a pretext for Christians to chase after money and feather their own nests, so to speak. There are some for whom that accusation is probably true, but the problem is that the proverbial baby is often thrown out with the bathwater as Christians shun wealth and embrace the gospel (?) of poverty instead.

However, choosing to live your life in lack, because you don't understand that God wants you to prosper is more selfish and destructive than you may think. Let me explain.

If you hear someone pray like this…”Don’t give me too much Lord, just enough for me and my family.” Who is that person primarily concerned about? It may sound pious and holy, but it is in fact completely self centred and misses the heart of the gospel. If you have just enough for you and your family how can you meet the needs of others? How can you give to the poor what you do not have yourself? What hope can you give to others when the only hope you have is of just surviving? How does the “just enough for me” mentality fit in with a message of abundance that Paul preached? (2 Corinthians 9:8)

Why does God want you to prosper financially? Why does He want you to have more than enough for your needs? Quite simply so that you can be a blessing and meet the needs of others. It is important for you to know this as it will help you to have faith that God will not only meet your needs, but will go above and beyond, so that you are blessed and can also bless others. It will help you to give to God cheerfully and willingly, knowing that He who gives seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply the seed you have sown and bring increase and abundance into your life. (2 Corinthians 9:7-11)

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