Poverty to Prosperity

poverty of prosperityThe prosperity message proclaimed throughout America must be put into perspective. It is true that Jesus became poor that we might become rich. The question is what riches did Jesus impart to His people?

In Ephesians chapter one, God tells us that we prosper with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. We are adopted, accepted, redeemed, forgiven, wise, and sealed with the Holy Spirit.

Clearly, God has prospered every believer with His heavenly treasures to cause us to rejoice in His grace. For this reason, we must boast in our abundant life as we die to our worldly ways. We must not make wealth our idol or earthly possessions our prize.

Instead, let us die to the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Let us make it our purpose to prosper others with the hope of God’s grace.

Does this mean we live in poverty? For some, it means to die to all worldly possessions to go to the ends of the earth to profess the love of Jesus by surrendering selfish desires to suffer alongside God’s precious people. For others, it means to die of our obsessive consumption of worldly possessions to send out others to proclaim the good news of God’s grace.

Either way, we rejoice that our treasures are not of this world, but of the overwhelming peace, joy, and love we receive when we die to self to live for Christ. As Jesus became poor to give us a prosperous life here and everlasting, we become poor in spirit, completely dependent on Him, to make others rich.

Promise from God:
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich (2 Corin. 8:9).

Pray with me: Lord, we praise You for Your mercy and grace. Thank you for leaving the glory and majesty of heaven to become poor that we might become prosperous and rich in You. Thank you for dying to Your desires and sacrificing Your heavenly status to suffer on our behalf taking our sins upon Yourself. Thank you that through Your death and resurrection we have an abundant life here and into eternity. Lord, change our hearts by this truth. May we embrace Your suffering to experience more of You. May we die to ourselves to become poor in spirit, completely desperate for You. Today fill us with Your overwhelming joy and love to boldly profess the poverty we once possessed until be became rich in Your glorious grace. Help us let go of our worldly possessions and selfish desires to experience Your heavenly treasures of peace, joy, and love. Let us express generosity through our time, talents, and treasures by loving Your precious people that they may become prosperous in You, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

How has God prospered you to make others rich?

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