“As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”
2 Corinthians 6:10 (KJV)
In the Gospel, Christ introduces us to the true definition of wealth. The most real and lasting wealth is to be consciously aware that you have been enriched in all things through Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul knew this and it was by this mental attitude that he ministered to others, even when he faced adverse circumstances in his own life. The greatest form of lack and the most real and lasting poverty is to live with a consciousness of not having enough. It is unfortunate but even people with great material wealth suffer from this mind-set of poverty. Paul was a master of circumstances. The Gospel had forged in him the satisfaction of Christ’s sufficiency in every situation of his life. Even when he had no earthly possessions, his wealth drove him to enrich others. This wealth was first and foremost the revelation of the treasure within him that satisfies, no matter the situation he is in (2 Cor. 4:7-12). From this place of contentment, everything else finds its proper context.
It is good to know that the message of Christ is equally valid for those who have little and for those who have much. It is valid in every cycle of your life, even if you are facing lack or abandon. Unlike many contemporary messages, the Gospel offers more than just an improvement in a lifestyle; it is Life itself. Many have tried and failed to apply “prosperity principles” from a lack-mentality. You need to first discover true wealth, which is the wealth that is independent of your circumstance, before trying to change anything in your circumstance. Both poverty and wealth are mind-sets. The mind of God has been revealed in Christ and there is nothing poor about it. Wealth and the riches of life in Christ are only available in a place of full persuasion in Him
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
Philippians 4:11-12 KJV
This passage reveals that Paul did not want the Philippians to draw the wrong conclusion that he was under pressure of any want. He taught them a lesson of chief importance, which he had learnt ministerially. He learnt to be content. Contentment does not come naturally; we have to learn it. Each of us is unique, and while making progress in the school of prosperity, you must discipline yourself to take your eyes off from others around you and what they possess, in order to focus on what God has provided for you. This is what is known as contentment. It is a spiritual discipline; it is to be independent of whatever circumstances or outward experiences. It is the capacity to maintain the choice to enjoy life in any given situation. A truly content person can make the best of whatsoever state in which are. Godly contentment is not dependent on circumstances and it is totally opposite to the way most people think today.
You may have just one suit. Wear it like it was the best suit in the whole wide world. By the way, even if a man possesses a wardrobe of the costliest designer-made suits, he can only wear one of them at a time. If you have only one pair of shoes, keep them polished up and cared for as though they were the most expensive pair in town, because even if a man possesses countless pairs of expensive shoes, he can only wear a pair at a time. You may be living in a one-room apartment. Keep that flat organized and presentable in such a way that you will enjoy staying there. Even if a man owns dozens of expensive castles and mansions, he can only stay in one house and sleep on one bed at a time.
Contentment simply means that you enjoy the present state of your life, while quietly and peacefully trusting in God to upgrade the standard of your life. It also means that you have chosen not to live beyond your means but to confidently expect God to increase your monetary capacity. If you understand this principle, you can live and enjoy life as though you were a millionaire with the little you may have. This is what is called making true progress on the journey of prosperity. Maintain your confidence in God, practice patience and perseverance. Your financial situation may not change overnight, but your prosperity is certainly coming! It is he who persists that possesses the promise (Hebrews 6:11-12).
When your priorities are correctly set, your focus is not on possessions but upon Christ. It is God’s desire to prosper His people. When your mind is preoccupied on Jesus Christ, you will not complain when you find yourself in difficult situations.