If Jesus held to the truest form of prosperity gospel…we’d still have no Savior. For the cross atop Golgotha never bade the fearless and cushioned faiths of those we promote, tenor and tolerate today. You show me where in Jesus’ life…anywhere…where He consumed Himself with the priority of health, wealth and prosperity…and I will follow Him to such an end.
I think however you’ll always find Him sojourning into antithesis to prosperity…for the glory He had to fulfill and live out far out-shined and superseded our pitiful pinnacles of what we would call a “good” life. And yet…in that pain, in that infamous suffering on our behalf, in that raw and determined danger that found His life…there too was Joy.! A serious joy in fact… one to be had and beheld with no guarantee of the safe stuff; Only immovable eternal promises, acting the fulcrum of everything angels bow before and still plot against. Jesus was no follower of prosperity… He was a Prince bent on one thing…Love. No matter what…Love!
May we not become subtly idolatrous to the on-looking world and blatantly debauched before Majestic halls of Grace by ever thinking to exalt the gift above the giver! I will forever pit the prosperity of Jesus’ life so well lived against the prosperity of man’s plans any day until all is settled.
So…drive your bmw, but let it not carry your heart’s desires in it. Be prepared to show your faith’s resolve as your little girl goes flying out the windshield of that safe, expensive car…and then you will feel your heart go…and so too should your faith trench itself in resilience…for riches count for nothing when your heart is broken at such lofty speeds, standing naked before your maker one day, being asked…not whom do you Love…but whom did you Love the most?
May God keep you from such suffering as to have to bury a child, but may He ever prepare you to praise Him in any shade of such a trial. “For when you are made weak, then and there you are made strong!” (2Cor.12:9-10)