The Role of Prosperity in the Life of a Tither

tithing and prosperity

Prosperity is good.

It’s good because God made it to be good. In fact, He  takes pleasure in the prosperity of His children. The Bible said,

“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, ‘Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.’” (Psalms 35:27 KJV)

That word “prosperity” is the Hebrew word “shalom” which means “completeness, soundness, wholeness, prosperity, peace, friendship in human relationships and with God.”  “Shalom” speaks to a total life prosperity of wholeness and completeness. This “shalom” was central to God’s plan for humanity. It’s more than money, but make no mistake, it INCLUDES money.

Then there is the very famous passage from the apostle John which states,

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John 1:2 KJV)

Some do argue that the phrase doesn’t refer to financial prosperity. The say that it was more of a common greeting that meant “May things go well for you.”

Yet the word translated “prospereth” is the Greek word “Euodoo.” Euodoo is comprised of the words “hodos,” which means  a road, and “eu” which means good. Thus the main meaning is a good road or good journey. Now  it’d be pretty tough for you to convince me that having a “a good journey” meant being broke and in lack every step of the way. Also “Euodoo” means “to grant a successful issue,”  “to cause to prosper,” “to prosper,” “be successful.” It’s the same word Paul used when discussing the collection of the saints:

“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered (euodoo) him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” (1 Corinthians 16:2 KJV)

So make no mistake about it, he’s talking about prosperity. I’ll say it again: prosperity is a good thing. For more thoughts on this check out these posts:

Prosperity Has Always Had a Place in God’s Plan

God uses everything to fulfill His purpose–which also means prosperity.

It was never His intention for ANYONE  be in lack.

In the Garden of Eden we see the perfect picture of prosperity–man in peace with his wife, his surroundings, and His God.  Nothing missing, nothing lacking. It wasn’t until sin entered the picture that poverty, insufficiency, and strife entered right along with it.

In fact, prosperity played it’s part in the burial and resurrection of Jesus. It was Joseph of Arimathea, an influential and wealthy man, who gained access to Herod to get Jesus’ body and put Him in his own tomb. Because of his heart of charity He gained a place in the Gospels–with Luke going so far as to call him a “good and righteous man.” (Luke 23:50 NLT)

But what is the place of prosperity in the life of the believer? Simply this:

 “The good man’s earnings advance the cause of righteousness. The evil man squanders his on sin.” (Proverbs 10:16 The Living Bible)

A child of God with resources does a lot to advance to cause of righteousness.

This is why I believe in prosperity and being “abundantly supplied.” I believe in it. Or better yet, I believe in the great things God can do as a result of it.

But what do you think? What’s your take on prosperity? What role does it have?
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Comments

  1. I enjoy all your posts, but this one is the most exact in your case for prosperity and tithing. Well done, brother. Proverbs 10:16… Perfect.

    • Thank you Floyd. I appreciate it. I was nervous about this because I wasn’t sure how people would take “prosperity.” But thank God it came out great!

  2. Oh, and yes. I’m adding this lesson to my mental archives to pass on. That’s the point, right?

  3. Excellent post. It helps a whole lot to advance God’s kingdom when you are not bound down with debt or broke. Prospering God’s way opens us to more opportunities to do His will without unnecessary stress and burdens.

    • Exactly! When we’re not under the chains of poverty and debt (two chains I’m convinced have their origin with the enemy) we can do so much more.

  4. Thanks for the reminder that God DESIRES us to prosper – and for a good reason, not to heap upon ourselves fancy cars etc, but to share where he tells us to. That is in addition to tithes to our church.

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