THE 3RD PROSPERITY Principle is Serving God. We read that King Hezekiah served in the house of God (2 Chronicles 31:21, KJV). Service is one of the key differences between the Prosperity Gospel and Biblical Prosperity. Unlike Biblical Prosperity, the Prosperity Gospel is a selfish, ego-centered theology.
The Prosperity Gospel asks the question: What can I get from God?
Think of the Prosperity Gospel like this:
Say, for instance, you are millionaire and someone you know is always coming to you when he or she wants or needs money? The only time you ever hear from the person is when he or she wants something from you. Even though you have it to give at some point you may feel used or unappreciated.
Every now and then wouldn’t it be nice if that person asked:
- What can I do for you?
- Do you need anything?
- How can I help you?
I certainly think so. Who wants to be treated like a human ATM? As they say, it’s the principle of the thing.
I used he scenario to illustrate how the Prosperity Gospel creates an unbalanced relationship between God and the believer.
Biblical Prosperity asks the question: How can I serve God?
In the previous lesson I discussed that God gives you instructions. When you follow those instructions you are practicing the Prosperity Principle of Obeying God. And when you obey God you are, in essence, serving God as well.
With Biblical Prosperity your prosperity is linked to service. Through your service your needs or met.
While the Prosperity Gospel focuses on how you can get God to benefit you, Biblical Prosperity focuses on God using you to benefit (or bless) others. While the Prosperity Gospel promotes greed, materialism and self-centeredness Biblical Prosperity breaks the yoke of these destructive mindsets.
The Prosperity Gospel is an ego-centered approach to prosperity whereas biblical prosperity is a Spirit-centered approach to prosperity that benefits both you and others.
How Do You Serve God?
Serving God is not limited to the four walls of a church building. You can serve God ANYWHERE. Furthermore, The Most High equipped you with a vast array of personal resources that you can draw upon to help others. You have time, talents, gifts, skills, personality, advice, wisdom, common sense, etc. The Most High will use what you possess to bless others. And in the process you will be blessed.
Look at this way:
Your gifts/talents/skills + Serving God (serving humanity) = Prosperity
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free (Ephesians 6:7-8, NIV).
Again, here are the 3 Prosperity Principles (or S.O.S. Principles):
- Seek God
- Obey God
- Serve God
When we compare the Prosperity Gospel to Biblical Prosperity we see that the Prosperity Gospel is a shallow theology that binds Christians to a selfish, ego-centered, materialistic lifestyle that undermines their relationship with God.
The Bible teaches that there is a righteous path to prosperity that encourages you to seek the Kingdom of God within you, to obey the commandments (or instructions) God that has been placed in your heart, and to serve God by serving others.