«Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness» (Proverbs 8:18).
Prosperity has ample dimensions. For example, it involves the emotional, physical, spiritual, familial, social, and, of course, material. It is evident that God expects us to have complete prosperity. But to say that only economic prosperity is a token of divine favor, with all that it implies, is to minimize the biblical concept of prosperity.
«Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers» (3 John 2). What is this verse trying to say? Is pain or suffering a sign of divine displeasure? What happens to those who are sick? In the following verses, the apostle John offers us the secrets to achieving complete well-being.
Be faithful to the truth of God (verse 3).
Faithfulness to the Word of God is the foundation of genuine prosperity. Any kind of prosperity based on infidelity to the teachings of the Word of God is misleading because it does not have the blessing of heaven. We will not necessarily receive our reward on this earth, but the truth is we will receive it in heaven (Revelation 2:10).
Serve others (verse 5). Serving others provides a profound emotional satisfaction (Mark 10:45), in addition, it favors peace of mind and a sense of usefulness. And that’s prosperity!
Express love to those around you (verse 6). A person who grows in faith expresses their affection for others, because they confirm something very important: «Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God» (1 John 4:7).
Teach someone else to be a better person (verses 6, 7). Improving the lives of others is a very effective thing to positively transform ours. Otherwise, we will live selfish and bitter lives, despite having enough economic resources.
Strive to cooperate with others (verse 8). It is necessary to learn to work as a team and not to isolate ourselves from people. Learning to cooperate with people who think differently than us is a great indicator of solid emotional prosperity and social maturity.
God want us to be successful in every aspect of our life.
We don’t necessarily have to have material wealth to confirm our deep loyalty to the heavenly Father.
That’s why Jesus said: «Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions» (Luke 12:15, NIV).
God’s blessings are manifested in many ways. Ask the Lord today to help you prosper fully.