2150) The Purpose of Prosperity

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By John Piper at:  http://www.dgm.org


Ephesians 4:28  —  Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

     There are three levels of how to live with things:  (1) you can steal to get; (2) or you can work to get; (3) or you can work to get in order to give.

     Too many professing Christians live on level two.  Almost all the forces of our culture urge them to live on level two.  But the Bible pushes us relentlessly to level three.  “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work (II Corinthians 9:8).”

     Why does God bless us with abundance?  So we can have enough to live on, and then use the rest for all manner of good works that alleviate spiritual and physical misery.  Enough for us; abundance for others.

     The issue is not how much a person makes.  Big industry and big salaries are a fact of our times, and they are not necessarily evil.  The evil is in being deceived into thinking a six-digit salary must be accompanied by a six-digit lifestyle.

     God has made us to be conduits of his grace.  The danger is in thinking the conduit should be lined with gold.  It shouldn’t.  Copper will do.  Copper can carry unbelievable riches to others.


Luke 3:10-11  —  “What should we do then?” the crowd asked.  John answered them, “He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”

I Timothy 6:10  —  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Matthew 6:24  —  (Jesus said), “No one can serve two masters.  Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”

John 12:15  —  (Jesus) said to them, “Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

I John 3:17  —  If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?


Almighty God, judge of us all, you have placed in our hands the wealth we call our own.  Give us such wisdom by your Spirit that our possessions may not be a curse in our lives, but an instrument for blessing, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.    

Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978, Augsburg Publishing House


O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature.  All that we possess is from your hand.  Make us always thankful for your loving providence.  Give us grace that we may honor you with all we own, always remembering the account we must one day give to Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978, (from prayers #157 and #183)