Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m a very good follower of Christ. I know a lot of what I should do, but it seems every day I fall short and don’t do the things I know. This isn’t about following the rules as much as doing what is actually good for me, what God knows is good for me. So K is for Keep.
Keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do. (Deuteronomy 29:9, the Bible)
Obedience is probably not on the top of our list for how to get ahead. Work ethic, striving, luck, education–what other words or phrases are connected to the rich life in our age? And we’re not inclined to talk in terms of prosperity either. What does that even mean? I have a vague idea, but here is what Webster’s says:
Prosperity is the condition of being successful or thriving; especially : economic well-being.
Can you think of someone rich and successful who is definitely is not thriving? Thriving makes me think of plants in the garden, growing strong, sending down solid roots, brightly colored, blooming or bringing forth fruit. There’s so much more for us when we seek God’s face. Prosperity Preachers will say “Give ten dollars today and receive a hundred by the end of the week.” I’ve heard this called the Prosperity Gospel, but any gospel that has seeking money as the goal is false, is deceiving us. What is the gospel?
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (First Corinthians 15:3-4)
Thriving, not striving. Blooming face turned toward the son, taking in rain of blessings from heaven. Returning to my first love, what He did for you and me, and out of that keeping the words, doing the word.
“If they hear and serve Him, They will end their days in prosperity And their years in pleasures.” (Job 36:11 NASB)
Let it be.
Other K days from AtoZ around the web:
- K is for Korea – Postcards and tidbits from many places on A Heap of Everything
- K is for Kraken – Movie monsters all month from Tasha’s entertainment blog
- K is for Keema Croquettes – food from SomethingIsCooking blog