Do you believe that your prosperity depends on how generous you are when it comes to giving?
In the book of Jeremiah lies one of the most popular plans of God for us – the plan to prosper us and not to harm us as well as the promise of hope and a future. This Scripture is clear and dear to many believers since God is the one who promised it.
The Secret to Prosperity
You might be wondering that the promise of prosperity is for all, but not all are prosperous. This is because God blesses us equally but differently. And, in this difference lies how we manage our blessings to reach prosperity. There are people who are so rich that they can buy almost everything they want. There are also those who have nothing at all. There are those who are in between the status of being rich and being a pauper.
On the other hand, the measure of prosperity is not dependent on how many possessions we contain in our hands. It is more of how much we are willing to open our hands to give. Prosperity and giving are two things that go hand in hand. Prosperity is reflected best in tithing. How much we give is our richness, and how much we withhold is our greed. The moment we do not tithe wholly is also the moment we lose our prosperity.
A pauper who tithes exactly the tenth of his wealth is richer than that of someone who gives only his fifth and kept the other fifth. Keep in mind that we have been promised with prosperity, and God is faithful to this promise. The question is, “How do we deal with God’s promise?” We ought to make ourselves worthy of this promise by giving in integrity.
The Giver’s Image and Likeness
Have you ever wondered why God wants to prosper us? Why won’t God simply allow us to prosper on our own? Is it because He wants to prove His love for us? Or, is it because as our Father, it is His role to provide? Think about these questions, and know why there is a promise of prosperity in your life.
But, if we go back to the beginning of Scripture, we will have a glimpse of why we are made to be prosperous. In Genesis, God owns and designed the world we live in, including us. Moreover, it is also written that God created us in His own image and likeness. If we are in the image and likeness of God, then we are indeed the image of prosperity in this world. We can give because we are the reflections of the ultimate Giver.
But, we must not forget that God gives completely and abundantly. If we are His image, then we are to be the same. We can keep our tithes in integrity because that is how we are designed to give, plus the fact that we are made to be prosperous like God who allowed us to be His image bearers.