Can You Serve Jesus and Be Wealthy?
What is the real prosperity gospel? It’s not what you might think.
Jesus had to get my mind right about money.
I grew up with the idea that making lots of money would keep you from really following Jesus. The “best” way to show your devotion to Jesus was to work as a full-time, paid minister in a church or as a missionary. I believed God only blessed people with lots of money so they could give it away to support the “real ministry” the professional Christians were doing.
What does it mean to prosper?
We continue our discussion about prosperity we started in Episode 27 and try to answer what prosperity is and how do we measure it? Here are some of the highlights:
A key to prosperity is to be thankful for what we already have. It’s easy and natural to focus on what you don’t have. You’re bombarded by ads for the newest and coolest stuff all the time. It’s easy to get sucked in and feel deprived. You can’t prosper that way.
The prosperity God has is built on being thankful for and managing what you already have. The Bible calls Joseph prosperous even when he is a slave.
[Gen 39:2 KJV] And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
Money is a by-product
Prosperity is about what’s inside of you, not what’s around you. There is a saying: Poor people have poor ways. The poor ways create poverty more than poverty creates poor ways.
Poor people who win the lottery often lose it all and end up worse than where they began. Wealthy people who lose everything usually get it all back and more in a few years.
The mindset of prosperity make the difference. When Jesus gives prosperity to our soul it creates our life for increase and growth. When money and wealth come, it’s a by-product of what’s inside us.
Links we mention
Most of us at Beer with Jesus listen to Kris Vallotton’s podcast. Since we begin this episode with a discussion about Kris’ story I want to include a link to his website. http://krisvallotton.com/ His discussion of biblical prosperity sparked my decision to create the last two episodes.