By definition, prosperity is a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition: especially, financial respects and good fortune. It often has to do with wealth; however, for prosperity to complete, it must include elements like peace, happiness, joy, health, security etc.

I have lived enough to know that prosperity is not attained by force or violent. I have lived to behold many who have struggled throughout their lives to make wealth and never attain it. Some people dreamt of it and woke up without it. Some smelled it but unable to grab it. Some tasted it but did not last. However, some have it and it last. Why?

Prosperity resides with people who have the characteristics that attract it to them.

  • People who will use their wealth to help others, especially, to alleviate other people’s sufferings (Pro. 11:24-26)
  • People who will invest their money to employ others to live a good life
  • And, people who can take care of money without squandering it.

Wealth squandered is ill gotten: it is “Easy money, fast go”. (Pro. 21:17)

Christianly speaking, prosperity is blessings given from above to those whose way please the Lord, and seeking Him with all their heart. This kind prosperity does not have expiration date, because it is not determined by or flourish under certain circumstances or conditions (loan or financing); it is God-given.

Two factors attract prosperity

  1. Relationship with God (Pro. 22:4)
  2. Effective use of one’s natural ability

The two factors cannot work independent of the other.

Relationship with God

The Bible says

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I        command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:…” (Gen. 28:1-14)

To set on high above others is prosperity. The rest of this passage speaks of the blessing that the Lord promised for the obedient believers. Note the underline words; they speak of essentials of good standing relationship with God.

Abraham was faithful and obedient to the Lord; their relationship was superb. Jabez trusted in the Lord; he called on Him and He granted his request (chro. 4:9-10). Isaac obeyed God’s instruction; he prospered in the Land of Gerah (Gen 26:12-13). David, the man after the heart of God; the Lord gave him rest round about. Our Lord Jesus said that our primary goal is to seek first the kingdom of God, and then prosperity will be added to our bosom (Matt.6:33).

Effective use of one’s natural ability

“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under    tribute” (Pro.12:24).

Every man is endowed with some characteristics to help him achieve his goal in life. It is left to the individual how effectively he uses these characteristics. The following characteristics in addition to relationship with God will make one to prosper (Pro. 27:23-27).

  • Diligence
  • Assiduousness
  • Industry
  • Meticulousness
  • Thoroughness

Prosperity is good; however, man is never satisfied with its possession. Man’s desire for it rises in tandem; as a result, man looses all other pleasures that should go along with prosperity – happiness, joy, good health and peace of the mind. Is there a problem in seeking for more? No, however, the Bible says,

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into       this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1Tim.6:6-7).

God’s blessings increase without having to struggle for it in a do-or-die affair. That is capitalist notion of prosperity, always associated with greed. It is an insatiable attitude; it places those who try to prosper by force at the risk of not having a good family.

If you are in good relationship with God, it is necessary that you utilize your ability to the fullest. Will God not prosper a person without utilizing his ability? He prospers at His own discretion. However, laziness is not characteristic of a faithful Christian who wants to prosper (Pro. 20:13; 21:25).

By Lawrence Abitogun

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Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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