What Does Worldly Success have to do with the Bible?

In a small group Bible study I once heard the question asked, “How much more successful would our company be if we invited Jesus to be a part of it?”

It was an off-the-cuff question asked during a brief fellowship moment prior to the day’s actual study and wasn’t even part of the curriculum; but I thought it was a significant challenge.

I’m often asked why the focus of my Blog appears to be on success and Bible-based prosperity. After all, they ask, “Aren’t we to be in the world and not of the world?”

My answer is simple.

“You can’t be a blessing to others without resources.”

Actually, my real thinking goes much deeper than that; I believe the Word of God to have many dimensions, just as Jesus explained to the Apostles when they asked why he taught in parables. He said …

He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. —Matthew 13:11

Regardless of why the hearers of Jesus’ words in His day were not entrusted with the deeper mysteries of the kingdom of heaven – beyond the surface illustrations, the fact remains, there was a more powerful truth being revealed to the Apostles, than the gathering crowds would ever understand.

Jesus revealed His truth in dimensions, one was for the crowd and one was for the Apostles. I believe at least another of those dimensions leads to living a more fulfilling and successful life, while following Him.

I’ve found success principles in God’s Word, and through the medium of this Blog intend to deliver them to those with an ear to hear.

As for being in the world, but not of the world, even Paul the Apostle said …

For though I am free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more … And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker of it with you. —1 Corinthians 9: 19, 23

Paul participated in the world “system” so that he could connect and bring the good news of Jesus Christ to all he touched. For our lives to be an example in this world, we must be prosperous and successful. We can’t give to the poor, if we in-fact, are poor. We can’t help support ministries and missions of our choosing without possessing the resources to do so. In short, we can’t be a blessing to others without first experiencing a blessing ourselves.

This transcends money – you’ll no doubt cite the story of the Widow’s mite to counter my argument, but even that widow possessed the mite to contribute.

Keep the faith …

John Keever

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