Too often we look at the differences between each other’s lives. If we see a great disparity between you and someone else you make a judgement. This judgement could either be you are doing something right or wrong. This is vanity mixed in with the prosperity gospel. This disparity eventually makes us live is despair.
The disparity gospel starts with the prosperity gospel. Your vision of success is based on earthly wealth. It can be vocational, financial, and physical. If you acquire this wealth you start to believe that you are being blessed for your faith or your works toward God. You begin to enact a sliding scale to determine what wealth equals what view God has of you. This sliding scale leads into the disparity gospel.
Many times we have this ideal view of a Christian. This person doesn’t struggle with anything and has a comfortable life. People believed they are rewarded for their diligence and holiness. This person has 2 and a half kids with a great career without challenges in life. There is nothing wrong with success but there is something wrong with this false equivalency. A horrible person can have the same lifestyle.
After we look to this ideal person we start looking at our own life. We can never compare to this fictitious person in our head. We see a great disparity between our life and the life that we believe should be rewarded for holy works and faith. One truth remains. We are never guaranteed a great life. Thru Jesus we are guaranteed and eternity with our Creator. Looking at other lives and seeing prosperity only creates despair in your own life.
Satan doesn’t want you to live a holy life. A life that honors Jesus. A hard life, in some, leads to the disparity gospel. It draws the focus away from our Creator. It takes away from the mission we have in this world. The people who have the prosperity of the world (many times) are not filled with a Christ centered life. When life attacks know that your true treasure lie in heaven.