He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32
Prosperity and privilege have gotten a bad wrap.
I believe prosperity is a privilege that has unlimited potential to bless others. Please don’t get defensive if this seems elitist or arrogant on my part. In reality, prosperity and privilege are relative. If you have access to clean running water in your home, you are privileged by the world’s standards. I’m not talking about prosperity that’s used to fund a lavish lifestyle. Instead, I’m referring to the great potential that financial resources have to truly make a difference in the world today and in eternity. If you can give $1 or $1,000, you have a chance to participate in kingdom work.
God is in the business of second chances and new beginnings. He gave his Only Son so we could all have access to a new beginning and a new life in eternity with Him. What do you think would happen if we decided to invest our life and prosperity in others as gratitude for the grace God has freely given to us? The church would reach farther and wider. We would have more disciples and make more disciples.
You probably have heard people say that money and prosperity is evil. There is no place in the Bible that states, “Money is evil.” If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to pick up a Bible and see for yourself. While you’re busy trying to prove me wrong, you’ll be blessed by the inherent Word of God. Either way, you win!
What is evil is the LOVE of money, not money itself.
Money and Volunteers
Do you know what most ministers will tell you they need to continue the work God has called them to do? Money and Volunteers. Do you know what organizations such as World Vision and Compassion International need to feed, clothe, and educate children living in poverty? Money and Volunteers. Do you know what inner-city schools need to change the trajectory of the future of at-risk youth? Money for supplies and books and volunteers to build relationships with these kids.
Some of us have more time and less money available to contribute to the needs of others. On the other hand, some of us have less time but abundant financial resources available to contribute to make the world a better place. More often than not, the most generous people I’ve ever met in my life are wealthy by the world’s standards. They are giving freely with open hands and are being blessed abundantly in return. They see their wealth and prosperity as a tool to be used to bless others. They provide financial support to those in need. They have put their faith in God, rather than the balance in their bank account. God continues to bless them as they are faithful to bless others.
There may be times in your life when you cannot afford to give or your health will not allow you to serve. That is when you may become the recipient of blessings from others. This is how the church becomes the hands and feet of Jesus. We take turns serving one another.
Here are just a few examples of how prosperity can be utilized to bless others:
- Tithe to the local church
- Fund adoptions for families with loving homes but fewer financial resources
- Raise Money to cover the cost to build water wells so more people have access to clean water
- Provide counseling at crisis pregnancy centers
- Help provide financial support for missionaries
- Volunteer at schools to help children learn to read
- Financially support non-profit ministries and organizations too numerous to list, and.
- Serve at a local church so it can flourish.
My challenge to you today is to invest in kingdom causes, rather than in stuff to make you more comfortable. Let’s use the resources God has loaned to us while we’re here on earth to help change lives for the better. As long as we have a pulse, we all have a purpose and can be used by God. We just have to be willing and ready to serve others and to give of our time and our resources.
In my latest book, Faithful Finance: 10 Secrets to Move from Fearful Insecurity to Confident Control, I talk about how God really does bless us when we intentionally use our time and resources to bless others. I hope you will pick up a copy of my new book. I would love to hear your ideas on how to be more faithful with the financial resources God has provided to us all. #FaithfulFinance