There was a time when British men went to America to increase their wealth. During this time one poor Englishman decided that he also wanted to journey to America to seek his fortune. He saved his money and bought a third class ticket on a boat bound for America. Although he did not have money remaining for food, he decided that his venture was worth the sacrifice.
After he boarded the boat he went down to third class section. During mealtime he remained alone in the large cabin, pondering the moment when he would arrive at New York.
An unexpected typhoon sent the boat off course and it took fourteen days for the crew to adjust to the planned cruise. By the end of those two weeks, the young man felt as if he were dying from starvation. “Whether I die from starvation or die from punishment when the restaurant finds that I have no money to pay, it is all the same to me” he thought.
So he went to the dining room for the first time and ordered a full course meal. He devoured the food like a starving man, ordered more, and ate until he was full and satisfied. He turned to the waiter and said, “Bring me the bill”. The waiter looked at him being confused. After several minutes, the waiter replied, “Sir, when you bought the ticket to travel on the boat, you also purchased all the meals you would need during the trip, you already paid the bill.”
The young man had almost died from starvation. Yet the bill had already been paid for all the food he could have wanted.
Many Christians are like that young man. They receive a ticket to heaven through faith in Jesus Christ. But in that ticket there is also a promise of abundance. Blinded by their own preconceptions, they live life of sparsity, with prosperity seeming an impossible feat. They grab and hold on to everything, blinded by their own selfish desires either to be right or to pay back with judgement of the nature of the old man. It is sad yet true as people struggle day-to-day leaning on themselves instead of on the One who has paid it all.
If we want to live in abundance while traveling on our journey here on earth, we must realize that Jesus already paid for everything. To be prosperous, search your heart to find your true motives. We should want to be prosperous to bear more fruit, to be productive for God and His Kingdom. Putting God first in our lives and helping others realize the value of His sacrifice, the value of their talents to be used for the Kingdom will bring prosperity in your own life. It is about loving God first, living in relationship with Him and others, and lead by example in serving, giving, loving and motives. Prosperity will come because it has already been paid for by our King. Realizing you are a child of the King, and no longer a slave to the sin of this world will completely change your life, not only will your belly be full but you will no longer be starving. The bill has been paid. 🙂