Prosperity has a wide assortment of definitions. An entertaining comic gave this sketch.
Money can buy you a house, but not a home.
Money can buy you a bed, but not sleep.
Money can buy you a clock, but not time.
Money can buy you a book, but not knowledge.
Money can buy you medicine, but not health.
Money can buy you sex, but not love.
So you see money isn’t everything. And it often causes pain and suffering. I tell you all this because I am your friend, and as your friend I want to take away your pain and suffering. So send me all your money…
When I read this I laughed, but wisdom says money is only a part of prosperity. So, if you find yourself with the burden of money, unload it.
You can have prosperity now. The key to prosperity in your life is inescapably bound to the prosperity in your soul. The soul has a currency and an exchange rate that is very different from bank account balances. You may have heard, “…life is a negotiation and we are all selling something.”
As far as prosperity goes, everyone wants it. Most have confidence in it. Countless dream of it. But, few know what it takes to obtain it, and fewer actually live in it. Some would define prosperity as winning the lottery and never having to work again. Others, marrying the right person and fetching instantaneous treasure. Still others, inventing a gadget that everyone wants, and by it possessing more wealth than a small country. But others, who make every sacrifice known to man to come to the United States, define prosperity as the American dream.
Prosperity tops the chart of the Self-Help industry and stands highest in the celebrated topics on the motivational circuit. They inspire by telling the stories of great achievers, and answering questions like; how do I define prosperity? How do I get prosperity? How do I manage my life in prosperity? What does prosperity have to do with money? Who will be the one to tell me when I have arrived? These are some of the questions, but if you allow inspired humans to define and promote their brand of prosperity, your life will wind-up in a six-foot-deep dead end rut.
They spend all their energy obtaining earthly treasure. I saw a bumper sticker that describes the mantra of the world’s system, “He who dies with the most stuff wins!” An old sage told me once, “The earth is out of harmony with God because man is out of harmony with God.” Listen to me! The prosperity in the soul is a matter of tuning your heart to the creator and harmonizing with His abundance.
This generous and benevolent abundance of the creator was elegantly flowing out of His son during His earthly ministry. His day usually began early on the mountain with his Father.
On this particular day his appointments began as he was leaving Jericho. He took children up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway begging. And when he heard it was Jesus, he began to cry out. “Yeshua, Son of David, Have mercy on me.”
And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried out even more, “Jesus, Son of David, please have mercy on me!”
And then Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they called the blind man, saying unto him, “Be of good comfort, rise; he calls you.”
Bartimaeus threw his garment aside, arose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus said unto him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man said unto him, “Lord, I want to receive my sight.”
And Jesus said unto him, “Go your way; your faith has made you whole.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
The treasure and prosperity in Jesus did not have a price tag. What is the earthly prosperity, if you do not have the health to enjoy it? When you choose a relationship with the eternal God, he flows through you just as he flowed through Jesus. He is the source of heavenly health, celestial wisdom, and divine wealth. Jesus is not only your example, he came to show you who you really are and what will flow through you when you take your place by His side. Jesus simply released the flow of his prosperous soul. But His next appointment revealed more.
Jesus’ next appointment was very unusual. As you may know, rich people are usually very independent, self-confident, resourceful, and proud about the success they exude.
A year ago, I saw an interview with Warren Buffet, whose net worth at the time of this writing was in the neighborhood of sixty-six billion dollars. He said, “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” While he exuded confidence he said, he was good at making money. He made his first trade on the New York stock exchange when he was eight years old. Then he went on to say that there are many people on the earth that don’t know how to make money. His conclusion was, those who know how to make money have the responsibility to take care of their fellowman. Then he said that the rich should pay their fair share.
When Warren Buffet finished I was amazed. I had never heard a man of his stature talk like this before. Later I learned that Warren Buffet was tasking his son Jimmy Buffet with giving massive amounts of his money away before he dies. It seems like a trend among super wealthy people. Andrew Carnegie, an oil and steel tycoon in the late eighteenth century sold his empire and gave back to his fellowman by, among other things, building libraries. J.D. Rockefeller followed a similar pattern and established a foundation that is still trumpeting humanitarian causes. I saw Bill Gates, whose estimated wealth at present is in the ball park of seventy-nine billion, on television when I was in Uganda, contributing to feed, educate, and set up legal help for humanitarian causes. These observations make Jesus’ next appointment unique. In the first century the rich were not so different, unless they were young.
As Jesus walks away from blind Bartimaeus, a rich young ruler rushed in, fell to his knees, and asked Jesus a timeless question. “Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
In that moment Jesus gazed into him, “You know the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor your father and mother.”
And he answered and said unto him, “Master, all these have I observed from my youth.”
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: go your way, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”
And the rich young ruler was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
And Jesus looked round about, and said unto his disciples, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again, and said unto them, “Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” And Jesus looking upon them said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
The rich young ruler walked away sorrowful and grieved because his soul trusted his riches. His soul valued the treasures on earth more than the eternal treasures of heaven. Therefore, his soul was darkened by riches.
Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Jesus prophesied the prosperity that would manifest in this young ruler’s soul. He received the answer to his question, but it was not manageable like his fortunes. But when he chose to invest in a world beyond this realm, eternal life sprang up inside him. You may not have any wealth, but you can have eternal life.
Oral tradition holds that the rich young ruler was Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, who after the death and resurrection of Jesus sold all he had and laid it at the apostle’s feet.
He was a “ruler,” that is, a member of the Sanhedrin, the same council Saul of Tarsus was solicited to join. As a rich young ruler, his personal wealth could sustain an entire city for up to five years. When Joseph acted on the encouragement of Jesus, his choice may have incited Saul’s fury toward the early church believers. One of his own council sold everything he had, gave it to a cult, and joined their untraditional ranks.
However, after the rich young ruler encountered Jesus’ his life opened and his soul was transformed. Godly sorrow worked repentance. As a Levite, Jesus knew his call, his dedication, and his love, and challenged his acquired value system. When Jesus responded with “sell all you have,” it struck him like a slap in the face. Only he and Jesus knew that his idol was out of the closet. The love of money was killing him and left unopposed would take him into eternal death.
But he was looking for eternal life. When he laid all he had at the Apostles feet they renamed him Barnabas; son of encouragement, because he responded to the encouragement of Jesus. He encountered the Savior of the world and obtained eternal life.
Barnabas later was sent to Antioch at the direction of the Jerusalem Apostles and witnessed the exponential growth of the believers. He knew the church needed a strong dedicated teacher, with the scholarship of Galileo to meet the demand for the revelation of Jehovah. Therefore, being “a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith,” plus having a preexisting relationship with Saul, and furthermore knowing the story of Saul’s salvation experience, Barnabas went to Tarsus to seek him. After he found him, they returned to Antioch and for an entire year assembled with the church, and taught the new Jewish and Gentile believers. Think about the irony of two members of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem teaching the secrets of the law and Yeshua-Messiah in Antioch.
The glory of God illuminated and prospered the souls of many and changed the face of the church. It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christian. The prosperity of your soul is God’s ultimate objective. He wants all of His children to walk in the glory of His presence.
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 Bob Jones, Prophet to the Nations, In loving remembrance from 2-14-2014
 Mark 10; Acts 11