I Timothy 6:6-8 (NLT)
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
The greatest wealth one can possess is total contentment and satisfaction in life. It is an elusive pursuit for most people due to the influence of money and its earthly connection to wealth. The truth is money cannot solve all of our problems yet rather than hope we strongly rely on it to comfort us in our journey through life and change our situations. This is not about bashing money at all but like everything gaining proper perspective of what prosperity is all about and achieving complete and total fulfillment as the Lord has promised us. It is documented in His Word that He came so that we would have life more abundantly. There is a heavenly and earthly connection in this statement. However, the first thing one must achieve is a solid connection to the Kingdom of God to experience natural production of the things that we need, want and desire in life. It is about prioritizing our life the way that God instructs us to in order to align our life with His Kingdom. Allegiance to Jesus Christ makes an inheritance available to all those to depend on the Lord and trust His Word. I don’t believe that God gets any glory from impoverished children who cannot pay their bills barely surviving on the bread crumbs of government. I believe that the modern church and Body of Christ should be a source of surplus to the poor and homeless. So why are we not impacting the world monetarily? It all goes back to the truth given to Timothy – godliness with contentment is great wealth. So rather than focusing on what we want the Lord to do for us, let’s look deep inside our heart to find the source of discontentment that causes dissatisfaction and fear of lack to keep us bound in our problems and fixating on extenuating circumstances. Today, let us be content.
Contentment is the state of being mentally or emotionally satisfied. Although the world’s definition is to be willing to accept circumstances, I do not believe that it means to allow your circumstances to hold you back or certain situations to keep you bound in your mess. I believe that there is a connection between heaven and earth that is created when we ask Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior that allows us to be content when things are peaceful in our life and maintain such a state even when all hell breaks loose against us. Contentment is not a physical condition but a heart condition. How can money or the things of this world ever satisfy us? Greed makes us want more because earthly wealth is unstable as it has no place in the human heart. God put Eternity there. The only way to satisfy your craving for forever is Jesus Christ. He has already told us you can either love money or me. But this doesn’t mean that you must live a life of poverty. Of course not, who wants to serve a God who allows His Children to go without proper provision who barely exist on a meager sustenance. Oh no friend, God wants you blessed. He is ready to open the Windows of Heaven to fill your life with all the good things that He has promised. But we must find contentment in our heart through the completion of Jesus Christ to allow earthy wealth to grow in its proper place.
2 Chronicles 1:11-12 (NLT)
God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!”
I wonder if King Solomon would have asked for the same thing if given an opportunity to request anything from the Lord again. He asked for wisdom to help the Children of Israel and God gave him that and everything else imaginable. God looks at the intent of our heart when He is about to release His Blessing in our life. The problem is that if there is any sin in our heart earthly wealth simply allows us to pursue it with full force. When you read the words of Solomon, it is clear that he was filled with inner turmoil. It is believed that he wrote the Book of Proverbs, where he commented that it is better to have little and fear the Lord. (Proverbs 15:16). This from man who received 25 tons of gold a year. (2 Chronicles 9:13) Who doesn’t think such wealth would change your life? Of course it would. But if it would distract us from a godly life than it would be to our detriment. I can tell you right now that although a ton of gold would certainly be useful to our family right now even an handful of gold would offset the costs of long term care for our son and allow us to move forward with the bone marrow transplant necessary to put his cancer in full remission, it doesn’t change the fact that this disease continues to attack his body and that no one is promised one more day. The only security that we have to overcome the world and beat the grave is Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 2:1-5 (NLT)
My child, listen to what I say and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD and you will gain knowledge of God.
You will never be content with true knowledge of God. When our son was diagnosed with cancer, I was gone pursing wealth. No I was not traveling the world but rather working long nights getting home late and being emotionally absent as I worried about work after the doors were locked and lights out. I was persistent in my passionate pursuit of success to give my children whatever they wanted. I am not proud of this but think that such transparency may aid another in being released from such bondage. When my son was about to begin his first round of radiation and cancer treatment, it was decided that we would alternate staying with him and caring for him. But the Holy Spirit allowed me a long, hard look at my child when we arrived and broke my heart on the spot. No longer was my job a priority or the paycheck I thought we needed to pay our bills. All that mattered in that moment is that God would heal our son. So I began to cry out for wisdom and insight. I battled against the bitterness trying to take root in my heart and began to search for godly wisdom to overcome my fear and doubt that had led me into bondage. Faith began to flourish. Confident hope soon took over and despite being miles away from the rest of our family and immersed in a very depressing environment my soul began to prosper once again. The hidden treasure in my heart began to be revealed. Understanding began to secure my position of faith established in God’s Word. During a time when our finances would take a resounding hit, suddenly I had found contentment. It feels good. “For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.” (Proverbs 2:6-8)
Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 (NLT)
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. This, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.
Wisdom is viewed as wealth in the Kingdom of God. It is knowledge of Jesus Christ turned to belief that connects us to the Kingdom of God and makes His Presence totally accessible. Some use the connection to request wealth, money, power and influence. They follow the word to cultivate prosperity on the earth which is directly connected to seedtime and harvest as God prescribed in the days of Noah. If you work the Word in your life, you will produce a harvest of earthly wealth because God does not lie and is bound by His Word. But a prosperity of the soul has Kingdom requirements. Those who have the Wisdom of God know and understand that the cultivation of our soul begins inside the human heart. God can prosper you on the earth through religion in earthly things, but without a prospering soul – you will die with it. God sends rain to the just and unjust. Karma could most definitely be the product of good deeds in the natural. But supernatural prosperity and blessing that lead to godliness and contentment are heart conditions not head games. Prosperity is directly linked to our pursuit. What are you after in this life? What can God do for you that no other person can? (Proverbs 23:4-5) Greed will consume you when you hunger and thirst after God’s Riches without chasing righteousness. (Habakkuk 2:4-5) Religion has produces success careers for many people. What the Lord desires are relationships – first our commitment of love to the Father and then spread throughout the world.
Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 (NLT)
I observed yet another example of something meaningless under the sun. This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing. Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
What would King Solomon know about loneliness? He had wives, concubines, children, servants, priests – you name it this guy was surrounded by people and in many relationships. However, his relationships did not satisfy his soul. Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he, yeah yeah yeah! We all heard the song in Sunday school, but what changed the tax collectors life? A relationship with Jesus Christ. (Luke 19:7-9) His connection to Jesus Christ instantly changed his viewpoint of wealth – He instantly became a giver. Why? He had a satisfied soul. He didn’t need money as security. (Proverbs 18:10-11) Money cannot and will not ever provide security or surety in life. Did you know that Judas was a treasurer? The man who betrayed Jesus decided that money was worth more than the Messiah. (John 13:29) This man had a relationship with Jesus Christ but became distracted.
Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 (NLT)
I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time. People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.
Money will not always work in our life. Relationships may fail us in the long run. The only thing that is sure in our life is Jesus Christ. His Love is our inheritance. It is the foundation of our faith that allows us to have confident hope even in the midst of tragedy and betrayal. When human strength fails and worldly wealth runs dry, we learn to depend on the Lord wholeheartedly and trust His Great Grace and Love. Why? Because we know the Word and it can begin to work in our heart when it is broken. Before we were hard hearted and stubborn, so God’s Word kept getting choked out because we were tending life rather than tenderizing our heart for more of Him. (Matthew 13:22-23) It is all about “being in the right place at the right time.” The place we should position ourselves every day all day is righteousness. It is the only sure thing in life. Truth wealth is knowing and understanding the futility of life outside of Jesus Christ and the fertility for our life found in His Word, Will and Way. (Ecclesiastes 5:10-15) When following Jesus means walking away from a comfortable life, what will be your response? (Matthew 19:20-22) If today was your final day on the earth, would you be satisfied that you have a rich relationship with God? (Luke 12:16-21) How precious is the relationship that you have with Jesus Christ – is it priceless? (Matthew 13:44) These are the people who will prosper in the natural because their soul is prospering spiritually. Those who cannot bear to be separated from the Presence of God will flourish in every situation because they choose righteousness or riches.
I Corinthians 1:25-29 (NLT)
This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
Now before you get all mad and think I am a “dream crusher”, hang on for just a minute. The crazy thing about God is His Way of doing things. His actions totally contradict worldly thinking so as we give our life away – He fills it with abundance. As we care for others, He supernaturally cares for us doing way more than we could even think to ask for. As our focus becomes all about Jesus – our finances will flourish. God is looking for fertility in your heart so that He can invest in our life. He allows us to be pressed but not crushed to produce a fertile field so His Word can come to life as we are raised to God’s Standard of living. (2 Corinthians 4:6-9) His Will is accomplished because when our heart is broken the treasure spills out. When that treasure is knowledge and wisdom of Jesus Christ, He immediately fills us back up again. God doesn’t want you to worry about money and finances but depend fully on His Provision so rather than filling your life with corruptible treasure that He can overflow you with His Favor that provides more than we can ever comprehend. Money is not the problem. Hoarding hearts are. God gave you His Love to share with others including meeting their every need physically so that they will know Him supernaturally. He has given you everything you need to live abundantly so stop holding back and just let it go. Be wise with your money. It is not necessarily about budgeting but learning to let it go altogether. It is in this place that you will find that you have more than enough with your lap running over. (I Timothy 6:17-19)
Ephesians 2:6-10 (NLT)
For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
To experience real prosperity begins in our heart. It is our destiny and is produced from our place in Eternity. God wants to bless you. He has promised to do so. You just have to be in the right place at the right time. The position of righteousness is not based on what you do with your money but more so how you think about it. Righteousness is a free gift given to us by God through Jesus Christ. It cannot be earned only accepted. By doing so, we allow the Lord to decide our provision and path to prosperity because we want His Abundance beginning with His Love but will soon produce His Favor. Those who learn to invest all of their faith and trust in Jesus Christ will not be disappointed as His Goodness overtakes them. Is that you today? As your soul prospers, so will you!
Proverbs 21:21 (NLT)
Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.