There are very strong views for and against Christians having financial gain or prosperity. Jesus wants us to prosper financially, but most Christians believe, “You are just not to have it in abundance.”
God has made provisions for us. It takes money to live, to get our needs met, and to be a blessing to others. So, why is there such a disagreement in this area among believers?
The Bible teaches against greed in many different ways but also makes it clear that finances are a blessing. In 3 John, verse 2, it says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” John says, “In all things!” Wow, he’s talking about healing, emotions, relationships, and finances. The Lord wants us to prosper and be in good health above everything else. He wants us to prosper in spirit, soul, and body.
Many religious people, who lack the understanding of Scripture, actually believe God wants them poor to keep them humble. They think they appear to others “more godly.” Bull! What they truly look like to others is people who are always in need and can’t help anyone. Their testimony of God’s blessings and goodness is only “talk” and no one would want to be like them. In other words, “Why would I want any part of Christianity, to live dirt poor while living on earth?” That’s a miserable, frantic, stressful life. This kind of thinking is not substantiated by Scripture.
Abraham was the richest man of his time, so much so, that kings asked him to depart because his possessions were affecting the wealth of their countries. Job was not a poor man either, when you read what all he lost and then God gave him back. The same was true of Isaac and Jacob. Joseph was a man who prospered and had super abundance. David gave the Lord out of his own personal treasure over 2.5 billion dollars worth of gold and silver to build the temple. Solomon was the richest man that ever lived on the face of the earth. All these people served God and were blessed abundantly by God financially.
There are also examples where people struggled also. But the Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:13 that he could do all things through Christ and had learned to be content in whatever situation he was in. Yes, there were times when God’s servants went through poverty and difficulty, but you cannot find in Scripture that the poorer you are, the more godly you are. That is simply not true!
However, there is a truth that greed is wrong. 1 Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Too many that don’t know Scripture like to say, “Money is the root of all evil.” The Bible doesn’t say that. It says, “The love of money.” There are people who love money and don’t have two dimes to rub together; and there are others who have great wealth but don’t love it. They use it to benefit others.
In Deuteronomy 18, the Lord was talking to the Israelites, who were about to enter the Promise Land, and were going to experience wealth and prosperity in a way they never had before. God said, “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
According to this passage of Scripture, the purpose of prosperity is not to have an abundance of things for our own selfish purposes, but so we can establish God’s covenant here on earth. In other words, God will bless us so that we can be a blessing to someone else.
God also told Abraham in Genesis 12:2, “I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” Before you can bless someone else, you have to be blessed yourself.
We need certain things and have certain needs that God wants to meet, but it goes beyond selfish things. I’ve heard people say, “He may supply all our needs, but not our wants.” Oh yes He does! Look what the Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all-sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” This Scripture tells us why God is going to prosper us – so that we can abound in every good work.
According to this verse, prosperity is having enough to meet all our needs and more to abound unto every good work.
True Biblical prosperity is not just to get our needs me, but to meet others needs as well. The person who only thinks of themselves is selfish. Motive behind wanting more is everything. If you just want a bigger house, finer car, and more money in the bank, all for you, then you’ve missed the whole point of this Scripture.
However, if you are believing God for more because you have gone beyond seeing your own needs met and want to be a blessing to others, that is the correct attitude and motive.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Here is a question we should ask our-self when judging someone else’s wealth: Should I be the judge on whether they have enough wealth or not? How much should God bless the other person? I think we need to leave how much someone else has up to the Lord, after all, it is the LORD that gives power to get wealth, not us.
We really can’t talk about prosperity without talking about giving. Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Giving is not always money and prosperity. This is more than money, its health and relationships also. In these previous verses, Jesus is talking about judgment, condemning, and forgiveness, not money. Now that’s something to think about. The same measure you use to judge with; to condemn with; to forgive with; will be measured back to you. We can also throw mercy in there. Some people say they don’t have anything to give, yes, they do.
God wants us to trust Him in every area of our lives. Money just happens to be the one thing people can be the most stingy with. It takes faith to be able to give the way God says to give, money, forgiveness or mercy.
If we don’t believe God in the small things, concerning money, how are we going to trust and believe for true riches? Money is one of the least levels of stewardship. If we can’t trust God with our finances, how then can we trust Him with our eternal destiny? Money is so small compared to trusting our forgiveness and spending eternity with Jesus.
Proverbs 11:24 – There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.
The only way that prayer for God to help with a person’s finances, is to: Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things will be added unto you!”