1 Peter 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
I have counseled many people over the years that were in bondage because they had been taught a twisted version of prosperity as money only and a philosophy that was built on the idea that their personal worth was tied to their net worth. Nothing could be further from the truth. Man’s economy is built on money, but God’s economy is built on gifts of grace…starting with salvation. Each of us have been given gifts and we are called to be employed in God’s work by serving others and spending his grace liberally…because there is more where that came from.
The understanding of your worth increases greatly when you discover your gift, use your gift and finally understand how your gift was used by God to touch and transform someone’s life in either small and simple ways or in special and significant ways. When you get a taste of how God wants to bolster his economy (people) through your life, you can’t wait to get up in the morning and go to work in your Father’s business (which is not full time ministry, but full time life). It is the most exhilarating experience in life to sense that God is ministering through you to others and they are getting the grace of God in its various forms.
Some people are so poor, all they have is money. Like the apostles, Diana and I have rarely been able to give away money to people, but we can, have, do and will continue to give away what we do have to anyone who is in need. We have seen people’s lives totally transformed by spending our gifts on them. Gifts of time, love, embrace, wisdom, character, prayer, truth, vulnerability, listening, counsel, strength, an open home, etc. What we had we gave away and God has given those people the riches of grace that they needed. Our worth and value is in who we are in Christ and who Christ is in us. Such as we have we give.
Become an investor in God’s economy, and start giving away the true riches of the kingdom. The grace that was given to you is also to be given through you for others. The result is that there will not be any poor among you. If you understand God’s economy…you are rich and others need your riches, the grace of God in their life so that where they are poor they can become rich. Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifices…a life lesson we learned from our leader who sacrificed his life for us all.
1 Corinthians 9:11 (911) If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?