N. Conclusion

Our conclusion to this book brings us back to what we said at the beginning. We recognize that material prosperity is a secondary issue, though it is still very important. More important than prosperity, however, is a person’s relationship with God.

We encourage every reader of this book to remember Jesus’s warning: “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Luke 16:13).

Therefore, we close by encouraging rich and poor alike to make their own personal relationship with God the first priority of their lives. We hope that the pursuit of greater material prosperity will not come at the cost of alienation from God. Our hope is rather that every reader will come to a deeply satisfying and rewarding relationship with God through Jesus Christ, so that each person who reads this book will be able to say to God:

Whom have I in heaven but you?

And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

(Ps. 73:25-26)

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