How easy is it to compare your life to other people’s lives? OMG, so easy, right? All day we are bombarded with the prosperity of others. We see people posting on social media about their new car, or pictures of their families, dressed in the latest fashions, on vacation. They look so happy! For me, it’s easy to fall into comparisons. Of course we would all like to have the latest and greatest. We start to think that these people have it together, they are prospering. We think that if only we had similar things we would be prospering as well.
As if that isn’t enough, we are hit with advertisements of things that will make our lives better too. New phones, latest model car, best laptop, the most gorgeous engagement rings. There is always something better to have, something that will enhance our lives in some way. Does it mean that we aren’t prospering if we don’t have the most up-to-date model phone? Is prosperity even about earthly things at all?
The latin word prosperus is where the English, prosper, comes from. The latin, prosperus, means doing well. With that vague of a definition it could be doing well in any part of life. We can prosper in just about anything. In the bible the term prosper is used in a couple different ways, such as a person’s health, wealth, or fullness of life. As we look through scripture, the Lord warns of wealth. Wealth can take our eyes away from God, to focus on earthly things. Many of us don’t believe ourselves to be wealthy. Though, just being born in the US or Europe has made us so, compared to the majority of the world. We have it so good here that we have time to scroll through social media on our wireless devices and contemplate what we want to do with our wealth. Should we spend it on those new shoes? Or perhaps save it for something bigger, maybe vacation! Is it wrong to have new shoes or go on vacation? Of course not, but the desire for these things can distract us from what is most important, glorifying God.
“For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
The bible also describes the prosperity that comes from God for those who live according to his word. He uses various depictions to show that he prospers us in many ways such as health, success, and yes, wealth. I have seen this play out in my own life. When I am focused on pleasing God, on being more like Jesus, things just seems to fall into place. Just today I was given the chance to make some extra money through 1 on 1 tutoring. But this isn’t just a chance to make more money. It’s a chance to shine the Lord’s light into someone’s life. Now you can’t say that isn’t God’s work! I pray that I’m up for the challenge.
“He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.”
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