What are the signs that I'm living a truly prosperous life and not just being materialistic?
Rev. Chris Jackson, Senior Minister
The development of a true prosperity consciousness has little to do with people, things and circumstances in life. It has everything to do with a solid awareness of the presence and power of God within you.
It is possible to focus your attention on the world of effects outside of you and achieve some measure of wealth and possession. Yet there is no guarantee that what you have today will be there tomorrow.
When, in stillness and silence, you focus your awareness on the source of abundance – the kingdom of God – you will have no need to concentrate on material acquisition. You will know that this kingdom holds infinite, invisible substance that will naturally begin to manifest to provide for every need – often in ways that are quite beyond anything you could have imagined.
The answer to your question is this: Are you seeking the kingdom within or are you seeking the world without? As Jesus reminded us, the key is to seek first the kingdom and everything else is added. Let go of preoccupation with acquisition in your outer world and invest time and attention on going within, through prayer and meditation. The material world will soon reflect the great riches of your inner resources.
Rev. Elizabeth Longo, Associate Minister
In order to be truly prosperous one must have a radical shift in consciousness. True prosperity begins with the realization of our Oneness with the Source of all good. Abundance then becomes a way of life. The focus is no longer in getting and accumulating goods, but rather in knowing the riches of Spirit and being open to be a giver of life. We all have unique gifts and talents that were given to us to share with the world. It is the nature of the heart’s desire to fulfill itself. When we are true to our soul’s calling and are putting God first in our lives our very vibration is lifted up and we then our lives are more harmonious.
There is nothing wrong with having and enjoying material goods as long as one knows that their happiness does not depend on anything in the outer world. The nature of the world of phenomena is that everything comes and goes. Know the giver of all good and you will have ever lasting freedom and abundance of love, joy, and peace. This is true prosperity.