To help lay a firm foundation for getting life right the first time you must apply life assessment number 5:
Success and Prosperity.
Here are the problem areas:
- Prosperity theology. This is defined by wikipedia as “a religious belief among some Christians, who hold that financial blessing and physical well-being are always the will of God, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to religious causes will increase one’s material success.”
- Is it wrong for Christians to be successful? Some Christians believe it is. But it really depends on how a person defines success. Is it defined by the secular culture, or by biblical principles?
- “Just do God’s will.” This is a religious buzz phrase. Yes, Christians should seek God’s will for their lives, however, there can be problems with that in and of itself. Does a person not do anything because they sit around just seeking God’s will? And what if just doing “God’s will” does not bring success and prosperity? Success will not happen by sitting around wondering what the will of God is.
- “Stay broke and just trust God.” This is wrong, too. And maybe it is an overreaction to prosperity theology.
- The culture’s definition of success and prosperity. Too often the Church lives by this standard. Since when should a Christian’s life be judged by driving a brand new car, living in a huge, fancy house, having all of the latest electronics gadgets, and having a good paying career with paid vacation and retirement? Don’t misunderstand me here; there is nothing wrong with any of that. But it is not what determines success and prosperity by biblical standards.
Building block number 5: By biblical and Christian standards it is not wrong to be successful and prosperous. Follow biblical principles and “success” stories in the Bible. Biblical success means having a heart right before God and having God-honoring goals and dreams. It means developing a Godly character through a personal and spiritual ongoing journey with no destination that says, “I have arrived.” It is seeking nothing but God’s best both in character and life direction.
Foundational scripture verses:
Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 37:4, Psalm 41:1-3, and Joshua 1:8. Plus research and read success stories found in the Bible.
1. Could you write out a personal definition of biblical success?
2. Do you have any significant goals at the present time? Do you have a step-by-step plan to accomplish those goals? If not, name at least one you would like to pursue.
3. How will your goal or dream bring honor to God or help build his Kingdom on earth?
4. Is one of the items listed in the “problem areas” holding you back from biblical success?