God goal for me is to prosper. He has every good thing in mind for me and wants me to have them all. He is in a good mood. Period. That said, this is not a “prosperity gospel” post. (see the message from the Apostle Paul at the bottom)
Prosperity is not just for a few parts of my life, it is for everything I do. Every part of my life. Prosperity is about the wholeness of my relationship with God and my neighbors.
My health, my finances, my relationships. Everything. He wants me to prosper.
That is just God’s way.
May my everyday affairs prosper, as He has them in mind for me.
Dear friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and are in good health, just as your whole life is going well. | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (3 John 2). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
John may be hinting here that his dear friend was not well and that John was praying for restored health: “I want you to be as healthy in body as you are in soul!” If this is the case, then it is evidence that it is possible to be spiritually healthy and physically sick. However, this kind of a greeting was very common in that day, so we must not build too much on it.
It is clear that Gaius was a man whose “spiritual health” was evident to all. “Though our outward man perishes, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16).
Physical health is the result of nutrition, exercise, cleanliness, proper rest, and the disciplined order of a balanced life.
Spiritual health is the result of similar factors. We must nourish ourselves with the Word, and then “work out” that nourishment in godly exercise. We must keep ourselves clean and avoid the contamination and pollution that is in the world.
While exercise and service are important, it is also important that we rest in the Master Jesus and gain new strength through fellowship with Him. A balanced life is a healthy and happy life, a life that honors God.
Our attitude is one of contentment regardless of how things appear on the outside.
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly because once again you renewed your care for me. You were, in fact, concerned about me but lacked the opportunity to show it. I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. I know how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me. Still, you did well by partnering with me in my hardship. | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Php 4:10–14). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.