8 September 2019

Deuteronomy 30:15–20, Acts 4:5–22

If someone were to give us a speech about being given the way to life or , there would likely be an automatic naysayer response. This is the case when the “way” is exercise, healthy eating (including the latest fads), life philosophy. In the Christian context, we understand the is that “way”. To many of us who have heard and believed, this is obvious.

Yet, there are many in the church and the world that when they hear something along the lines of, “See, today I have set before you life and prosperity, and adversity,” they turn off. You, too, might have that ex same response. It’s an understandable response because we see the human saying it, and we know humans. They don’t really understand the “way”. How can they, they’re only human.

The way of life and prosperity is empowered by the faithful attention to the . Man cannot do it alone. Man needs to be in humble partnership with , letting lead. The importance of humility cannot be overstated. If we were to take, for example. prosperity to its extreme, we all understand that it is an issue. Really, the that was given was that Israel would have enough.

Yet, to have even enough, they would have to walk in harmony with . That is often the hard part. The leaders of the Jews were so strongly focused on the right checkboxes that they could no longer see the way. With the s, we also see a transformation of the . The prosperity was not of this world (except, one hopes, in framily).

The other darker transformation of the is that the way often leads to adversity and . The s experienced both, as do many Christians around the world today.

1) What do you think about the changing? Do you agree, or disagree? Why?

2) Financial prosperity has often been used to judge ’s blesg and a person’s . What is your take on that?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.