DON’T MISS THIS – Episode 14 September 2020
I want to start by looking again at those definitions of “prosperous”, from our post yesterday.
The on-line dictionary defines prosperous as:
Brooke Snow offered another definition. Listen to this:
“Let’s look at the Latin translation of ‘prosperity’. Prosperity has two root words: pro and sper. The root word ‘pro’ means to ‘go forward’. The root work ‘sper’ means ‘with hope’. Therefore, ‘prosperity’ means to go forward with hope.”Spiritual Economics
Prosperity means to go forward with faith. This is particularly interesting when we look at this week’s study in Come Follow Me, 2 Nephi 12-16. In these chapters, the resurrected Christ is teaching the Nephite people the same principles that he taught the Jews in the Sermon on the Mount. These are familiar to us from Matthew 5:
Blessed are the poor in spirit … blessed are all they that mourn … blessed are the meek … blessed are all they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness … blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
And blessed are all the pure in heart…
And blessed are all the peacemakers…
And blessed are all they who are persecuted for my name’s sake…
And blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake; For ye shall have great joy and be exceedingly glad, for great shall be your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.3 Nephi 12:3-12
This form of ‘blessed’ in Greek, is written ‘makarios’, meaning “supremely blessed, fortunate, well off, blessed, happy.”
“It’s a word that means ‘congratulations’. It’s what you would say to a pregnant lady. Makarios.”
Looking back at yesterday’s post, maybe we could say Makarios would be a way of saying, “Prosperous are you!”
What the heck?! Prosperous am I, when I am mourning? Congratulations on being hungry and thirsty?
We are used to being congratulated when we are healthy or when we get a raise at work and when life is going really smoothly.
“In this kingdom, you are blessed if you are a mourner. Congratulations to the down-and-out folks… It leaves you wondering, what is so great about being persecuted?
…When you hunger and thirst, you ache…. like something is missing. If that is how you feel, you are in a good place!
…That ache, that pain, that struggle is what is actually going to turn you to Him. Congratulations, desperation opens the door to heaven.”
Yes. THAT is prospering. I am prospering when I and hurting and aching for something better than I have.
I am prospering when I am going forward, stretching – when I am growing.
Change is never easy. But then, neither is reaching for a star.
But too much change at once makes the stretch marks on my heart gaping holes
Through which the world can see my tears and even the hurt sometimes.
I wonder, when I am done with all this change if I will be taller from all the stretching.