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Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)
TITLE: Live for Prosperity
By Andrew Curtis
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Almost everyone has heard the Vulcan saying, “Live long and prosper” from Star Trek. This is one of the meanings of life. To prosper means to grow, thrive and show a profit. In our earthly world, to prosper means to make money, do well and flourish in our careers. We focus so much attention on getting more; we often forget the real meaning God has for us to prosper.
“You can’t take it with you”, is another phrase a majority of people have heard. Whatever we make or gain here on earth, stays here on earth. Our cars, houses and bank accounts mean nothing once we die. How we live our lives is what matters the most. Did we take more than we should have? Did we receive more than we gave?
We take more than just money or material objects. We can also take time, love and peace. We can slack in our daily jobs and steal that time from our company, while getting paid. By selfishly talking only of ourselves and our problems, we take time from others. We can steal love from relationships, without giving in return by focusing only on what we want or need. We can take peace by causing stress to those we love, pressuring them to fix us or by being selfish.
God wants us to live at peace with ourselves and others. This means giving our most precious gifts to others; time, love and peace. By listening to others and their problems, we give our time to them and offer encouragement. We work while at work instead of goofing off. In doing this, we give love and allow peace. Peace begins to infiltrate our minds and souls. We become better people overall.
2 Chronicles 31:21 says, “And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered”. This is the true and Biblical meaning of prosperity.
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