3 John 2
Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
At first glance, this scripture looks like a promise for prosperity—if your soul is prospering.
Let’s look deeper. The word “prosper” in Greek means “to lead by a direct and easy way; to be successful.” In other words not walking a crooked, rocky path.
“Good health” is obviously referring to good health—but there is a deeper meaning for a Christian. It means having an opinion free from any mixture of error. Hmmm. A Christian having error might equate to a crooked, rocky path, would it not?
Later in this short epistle, John mentions a man named Diotrephes, who unjustly accuses John of wicked words and who doesn’t receive other believers. For the brethren who want to receive these believers, Diotrephes puts them out of the church. Sounds like an arrogant man in error, doesn’t it? Definitely not a leader in good spiritual health, for sure.
To assure we’re not walking the same path, we need to study all of God’s word so our actions will reflect God’s truth to the world.
Father God, in Your mercy,
show us when our soul is not in good health.
Lord Jesus, please come and heal us
of any errors and of blindness
that doesn’t allow us to see You with clarity.
2 thoughts on “God’s Prosperity”
So True Sally, Money is not to be our focus God is and we will know Him when we know His Truth, it sets us free in our heart and to do this we need His wisdom in Christ Jesus, empowered by The Holy Spirit (1Corinthians2:9-16) but not worldly fleshy wisdom which has much error and when we have His wisdom we can have full assurance that what we are sharing is His Truth, how sad if we had to worry that what we share maybe in error.
There is a lot of Scripture Sally that talks about the importance of God’s wisdom, I will leave a link for you too, although you may know many of them already and even others that are not listed.
Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
James 1:4-8 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
John 16:13 -15. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for He shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Wisdom – http://alifeofhopeandjoy.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/the-gaining-of-wisdom/
Christian Love from both of us – Anne.
Thanks Anne. So much wisdom in our Bible–so few read and practice it!