“For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
God desires abundance for His people. God wants prosperity for His children. Yet, many languish in poverty. Many are struggling, stricken with worries. Did God’s promise of liberating through Jesus end in failure.
The invitation to partake in the richness of Christ is still open to everyone. But God needs your cooperation.
The first step is to accept that God wants you to have an abundant life. Time and again, Jesus stresses the value of faith.
“If you have faith as big as a mustard seed...
Believe that you have received it...
Be concerned about everything else with the Kingdom of God and He will provide you with all these other things...
How much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him.”
But unless you really believe, He cannot do much for you.
First, you have to believe that God desires the fullness of life in you. Only then will your eyes open to the opportunities around you, the gifts and talents you have, and the resources that are left untapped.
Thank God for blessings already received: the air you breathe, the light you see, the ability to move and smile, the ability to think and read, the life you live.
Thank God for blessings still to come: the dreams in your heart, the vision in your mind, the longing in your soul.
That is prayer infused with faith.
Do this everyday and every moment of everyday and your life will change.
Next, imitate Jesus. God sent Him to be our model. His life reflects the life God has in store for us and so much better, because He said so.
Jesus was never in want. When He needed to pay tax, a fish produced coins enough to cover for Him and His disciple. When He needed to feed five thousand people, bread and fish became available for everyone with plenty of leftover. When a wedding couple ran out of wine, He turned water into the finest wine. When His disciples caught no fish, He redirected them to an area where the nets almost burst to capacity. The stories can go on and on.
Jesus had the power to create abundance and wealth. Today, He has more power to do the same for His followers because He is seated at the right side of the Father.
He believed in His Father’s provision and His Father never failed Him. We share in this grace as His followers. But most of the time, lack of faith and failure to rely on Jesus deprive us of these blessings.
Jesus urges everyone to look at the birds. Look at the wild flowers. Stop worrying.
Finally, obey Him. Scripture contains a lot of insights on how to live abundantly. It has all the answers to very practical questions—marriage and parenting, planning and implementing projects, saving and investing, organizing and delegating, giving and receiving.
We fail to achieve the fullness and abundance of life when we don’t follow the map God set out for us. We need to carry out His inspirations, apply His wisdom in our work, accept help from others, grab opportunities, and put our talents to good use.
Faith without action is dead.
Follow these simple tips and have an expectant heart. God will soon clarify your vision and mission and grant you fortitude and grace to achieve the goals that would bring you nearer to the fulfillment of God’s shared dreams with you.