…prosperity…

prosperity“Soul prosperity is the index of true prosperity.” Marcus Rainsford.

Temporary or eternal…a question posed to all of us.
What foundation do we build on…sand or rock? (Matthew 7:24-27)
Do we focus on the seen or the unseen? (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Do we waver between two opinions? (1 Kings 18:21)
Friends with the world or with God? (James 4:4)
Who’s your master? (Matthew 6:24)

We also are asked to ponder about our time here on earth.
Like a mist, breeze, or smoke. (James 4:14, Psalm 78:39, Psalms 102:3)
Like a breath (Job 7:7, Psalm 144:4)
Like a handbreadth. (Psalm 39:5)

We get distracted by day to day life. At least I do. I let it pull me from my time with God. It creeps in and takes over before I realize. I think it’s true for all of us.  We get the “more” syndrome going. Need just a little more to be secure, to be comfortable, to take care of _______.

We fall into measuring our success by worldly standards.  In our material possessions, in our jobs/school, in our families, and in our church (service, attendance, type…).  We measure by dollars, by the square foot, by grades, by title, by awards we win and those our kids win, by how many hours we serve, by the numbers in our class/service, and so many other ways.

Is measuring bad? Not in and of itself. But when the metrics define us, when they are the driving force behind what we do…they have taken over and become idols.

Idolatry – another way of defining when we get caught up by the temporary instead of the eternal. And at its core this idolatry is selfishness.  My terms. My wants…

In seeking prosperity in the temporary…we damage our spiritual prosperity.  And as the opening quote from Rainsford pointed out…our soul prosperity is our true prosperity.

C S Lewis put it this way…
We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. 

God put it this way…
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.  [3 John 1:2 ESV] (goes well – prospers)
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? [Mark 8:36 ESV]
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. [Colossians 3:2 ESV]

Time to check our focus…daily.
Soul prosperity…the real prosperity gospel.

 

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