I don't know about you, but growing up in church, it was a common thought that believers who subscribed to a "prosperity gospel" were in left field. As if Jesus' preference was that His followers be poor and sickly. But if that be the case, it's interesting what the apostle John writes to his friend Gaius in his third letter. He said, "I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers." (3 John 2 - and that's in the NASB in case you were wondering) Notice that John the apostle, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit I might add, said "in ALL respects" I pray that you would prosper (and where I'm from "all" usually means "all"). It's like he says, "My friend, I know your soul is prospering and I'm pumped about that. But let's not stop there. Let's go for the whole shebang! I'm praying that God would bless your socks off in all ways." To which many of us would say, "How dare you John! Since when have you become one of those health and wealth preachers?!"
Don't get me wrong. It's not as if I'll be stopping by the Hummer lot this afternoon or be sporting a Rolex on Sunday, but I'm done with the lie that the only thing Jesus cares about and desires to prosper is my soul. God is renewing my mind and I couldn't be happier. In the name of Jesus I'll gladly receive prosperity in every form and immediately turn it to praise and thanksgiving!
As for you, I pray that in ALL respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers!