It has always fascinated me that so many of our Christian sisters and brothers are wed to what has been called the “prosperity gospel.” The primary underpinning of this belief appears to be that, if only we believe fervently enough, God will reward us with financial, social, and other success in our lives. It sounds great, but are those types of “prosperity” the measure of God’s blessings for us?
In today’s first reading from Philippians, Paul teaches us that the things that the world considers to encompass prosperity are not those that are most important.
I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances;
I know also how to live with abundance.
In every circumstance and in all things
I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry,
of living in abundance and of being in need.
I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.
True prosperity is living in union with God through Jesus Christ. The reward that awaits us will never be realized in this life. No matter our circumstances, it is faith in Christ Jesus that will lead us to the ultimate prosperity … communion with the living God.