ABOVE ALL ELSE
The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
3 John 1:1-4 NASB
I believe Gaius was a spiritual son of Apostle John. Brethren who knew both Apostle John and Gaius went to John and testified about Gaius walk in the truth. Apostle John was happy to hear such news, knowing his children were still walking in the truth.
He prayed that in all respects that Gaius may prosper and be in good health, just as his soul prospers. Apostle John showed the relationship between spiritual prosperity and physical prosperity. He prayed that his physical prosperity should be direct proportional to his spiritual prosperity. In other words if you seek to prosper in form of materials, you need to seek to prosper in the spirit first.
We live in a period where many Church members want to prosper in form of materials first and desire to prosper in the spirit later. They desire to have material wealth first rather than to have the Lord first in their hearts. Prosperity Gospel has attracted many people in the Church; including those who have a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. (2 Timothy 3:5)
This morning, I want to remind you to seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. If you will focus on Jesus, He will start focusing on your problems. If you will give your whole life to Him, He will give you all things you need according to His riches and glory.
If you want God to take you serious, you need to start taking Him serious. If you desire to see Him answer your prayers, then you need to put Him to be the first above all else. If you are still living in sin, don't expect you will get something from God. He loves sinners but He hates sin; so if you are still dwelling in sin, you won't get anything from God unless you repent.
Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....
Dear Father, I will seek your Kingdom above all else. Help me to put You first in everything I do in my life. In Jesus' Name, Amen.