watched many of my Christian friends get caught up in the
"prosperity" message of the modern televangelists. They wonder
why they are not "rich" in worldly goods, why they are not living
vibrant, healthy, abundant lives, and then blame God for their
Certainly all good things come from God, and He
blesses those whom He chooses. But He does give us conditional
promises in His Word. IF we do as He says THEN He will respond
accordingly. Do we manipulate God by our actions?
Certainly not. But He is faithful to His promises.
In Third John 2, John the Beloved speaks from
his heart to the believer when he wishes upon each one prosperity
and good health which goes hand in hand with a healthy and
prospering spiritual condition of the soul of man.
Some stop short of the last phrase and
exclaim "God wants me to be rich!" no matter what kind of work
ethic they have or how poorly they manage their finances.
Others expect perfect health as they vegetate on the couch munching
on chips and dip, washing it down with their favorite
sugar-water while they yell at the one-eyed monster 'cause
their favorite team is losing. They give little thought to
their spiritual lives and to their relationship with this God who is
watching and waiting for a heart-felt response to His
I believe what God is saying through Third John
2 is that we need to have a balanced life. Yes, we need
finances to make it in this world. And without good health,
living itself can be a challenge. But John is saying that the
KEY to the whole matter is our spiritual condition. Our
relationship with God made possible by His son, Jesus Christ, and
lived out before men as we walk by His Holy Spirit...that personal
relationship is the KEY to the door that opens to the abundant
living that is promised in God's Word. "Even
as thy soul prospereth"...
by John David
Bradshaw and ThirdJOHN2.com