I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Do you know how to abound (live in abundance and prosperity)? I know many people who know how to live humbly with what little they have, but do you know many who know how to abound? When Paul states that he can “do all things through Christ”, he speaks of living both with little and with much in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.
Often, wealth becomes a snare to a person’s soul because they put their trust in their wealth rather than the Lord. Their pursuit of God is replaced by a pursuit of more, the desire for wealth brings temptations and distractions for the Christian (1 Tim. 6:9). This is why Jesus said “Children, how hard it is for those who trust riches to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:24).
Where are you storing your treasure? The rich young ruler was counseled by Jesus to give away his possessions and follow Him so that he would have treasure in heaven, but he refused and walked away sad. His love of money was greater than his love of God; he kept obedience to the Law, but he served mammon rather than the Lord. Do you feel more secure when your bank account is full, or do you have peace no matter what, knowing that the Lord never fails to provide? Have you learned to be content in whatever state you find yourself, whether in need or in abundance? (Phil. 4:11)
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
1 Timothy 6:6-7