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The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
~PROVERBS 10:22 NASB
GOD’S ECONOMY - WHERE THINGS ARE NOW
ith the word “crisis” being used more and more in describing the state of the global economy, people are increasingly concerned about the security of their assets and their future ability to make wealth in the current system. However, man‟s economy, its methodology for growth and the system that governs the creation and distribution of wealth has proven to have its troubles and is unsustainable.
This time of „crisis‟ signals the kairos moment for God‟s economy to manifest in the world and a golden opportunity for those with foresight to seek out what that is and to pursue it. A key attribute of God‟s economy is found in Proverbs 10:22, “the blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it (Proverbs 10:22 NIV). Thus the million dollar question, Is there a way that man can have riches that brings with it no troubles?. Correlating to the first question then is the second question, Is there a way that man can be in the world but not of it? The answer comes with a revelation of God‟s economy and what it looks like. Let us not assume that we know because everything we think we know has already been tainted with our own perspectives and limited to a paradigm we can understand. We have been fashioned in our thoughts to a pattern designed by the world, which blinds us to God‟s patterns of things and His design. For man to even begin to see God‟s economy requires transformation—a transformation of mindset. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2 KJV) We need to consciously remove our glasses and allow God to put on different glasses that will allow us to see things as He does. These glasses are the mindsets we have, which filter everything we see. Thus we should heed what Isaiah 55:8 says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. In God‟s economy, His solution is in a man, not just an idea. Everything that the man needs so that he would come into enterprise with his Creator was provided in Christ Jesus, the Son of Man. This was God‟s intent hence man‟s God-given ability and his responsibilty to be a steward of all that was given to him. Through man, God will manifest His economy as a witness of His kingdom in the world. We are at a time when our future literally hangs on to an understanding of what God‟s economy is. At such a time like this, would you be willing to go through a period of transition where you‟d have to make adjustments and to transform your thinking and
Food for Thought Story of Elijah and the widow at Zarephath of Sidon. he will write them on our hearts and put them into our minds. As we seek his wisdom and understanding to do them. you will no longer be stressed by the „need‟ to serve two masters. and Promises God‟s teaching and instructions. As soon as you take the first step and start moving forward. Don‟t wait for everything to be perfect or for problems to disappear to move into this new economy.attitudes about everything? God‟s economy has different foundations. (1Kings 17:1-24) . Under this economy. God‟s blessings bring riches and restoration according to God‟s multiplier. It will also address the causes of injustice. tangible and intangible. doing things God‟s way. THE W ORD OF GOD His Commandments. 3. Know-how By understanding he established the heavens. You will be able to engage the world from a different plane. To be in God‟s economy means going on the high road. being in the world but not of it. The covenant is His commandments (the lamp) from which the light comes—the manifested Word. 4. Process We are to make judgments based on God‟s Word to determine what leads to good and what leads to evil. Faith is required to overcome challenges of the process. his judgments and promises shall be our wisdom and understanding to journey on the High Road. are part of the design. Then make choices (decisions). your journey begins. structures and processes to Man‟s economy. poverty. Getting into God‟s economy requires you to take the first step. and unravel the mystery of sustainable development. The four things to consider: 1. TAKING THE HIGH ROAD— THREE KEYS TO SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITION INTO GOD’S ECONOMY 1. Promises Patient obedience of God‟s Word brings God‟s blessings. Design By wisdom he created the heavens and the earth. which brings God‟s results. The know-how is his instructions to make things work. Judgments. 2. The laws of Creation.
2. that they didn‟t invest enough heart. God‟s Word —His design and instructions will provide guidance to this endeavor. it is only that we didn‟t invest enough heart. to live in. If he can. This requires a group of servants in the Abrahamic mould who seeks to manifest the Kingdom. the King of the universe. It is based on relationship that can be predefined even in number terms. Nothing else really counts. we learn to invest into each other to maximize the potential of others in the body. Much is given much is expected. In the Body-enterprise. It measures not the quantity of dollars we put in but how much heart is invested. An investing into each other We are called to invest in our fellowman. there are many members. A transaction-based economy keeps us operating as individuals. In God‟s enterprise. his judgments and promises can only manifest in a body context. THE BODY STRATEGY The Word of God is to be understood and intended to apply in the context of One Body of many individual members. . and therefore selfserving. 4. caught out or humiliated--—to live boldly for others. Nothing else really counts at all. This is God‟s genius in design to build a house fit for Him. He will freely give to another member if his giving can meet a lack because his action will greatly multiply the overall good and add The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest. to the common harvest. God‟s economy is not transaction-based. This is what it will mean: 1. A dying to self God‟s teaching and instruction will enable the individual to transition into a full member of a body. If we are found wanting. 2. which is quid-pro-quo. He is a stakeholder in that body enterprise. self will die here. However. 3. which runs contrary to body dynamic in God‟s economy (Ezekiel 28:15-16). One does not invest with the attitude to get. they are bound together as a household and share a common harvest (revenue). A body context God‟s economy. how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. that they may be brought home to the Father. They enjoy „equal‟ status as stakeholders of enterprise. learning to do things in righteousness and justice to the blessing of the lost sons. God is not fair but He is just. how much we choose to be vulnerable. All conflicting needs are resolved at the onset. but some have more resource than others. didn‟t love enough. didn‟t love enough. 5. (1Cor 12). And the only thing people regret is that they didn‟t live boldly enough. to “trust and obey” at the risk of being hurt. A common harvest It is likened to everyone sharing a common pool of revenue but each member is to account for the cost of his own investing which is his due responsibility to the body. God‟s economy uses a different calibration to measure investments. A non transaction-based economy Man‟s economy is transaction-based.
Only together can one experience transformation. Understanding times in light of God‟s Word is very important if we are to work with the Lord. iii) The power of community Such a body will be able to impact the world. those who have foresight will use their resources likewise. UNDERSTANDING TIMES IN THE LIGHT OF GOD‟S W ORD Like the Sons of Issachar who understood the times and pledged their resources in support of God‟s plans in David. We see an example of this in the Barcelona football team. natural resources. time. Hence the rich man‟s resources were meant to be invested but he did not do so even whilst Lazarus laid outside his household. But the greatest investment is God‟s love. all the more important. The tribe of Issachar took the lead and the rest of the tribes followed. mentoring. Investments can take the form of know-how. King Saul was still seated on the throne at that time but the sons of Issachar already saw where God was going and went with Him. 3.i) A common revenue maximization rather than individual profit maximization The body strategy encourages „revenue‟ maximization rather than individual profit maximization. ii) Transformation is experienced in a body context The individual will be perfected as he transitions to operate as a member of one body. financial resource. What then must we do? 1. the rich man did not understand how God‟s economy works. The world will recognize that they are the Disciples of Christ. Today. we need to have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit of God is saying so that we may be like the Sons of Issachar for our generation. which often means „cost‟ cutting. This will enable us to effectively engage the world and overcome it in all its deceptions and challenges of the flesh and pride. It will empower the man to receive and give. Put simply. In fact each member will be eager to ensure everyone invests into each other in sufficient amounts to ensure optimum result for the common good. or simply lending a hand or something. So God made good his intended outcome (promises) in the end and made right the outcome because the rich man had taken for himself the God-given resources for his (own) rewards. The rich man did not realize that he and Lazarus are part of the same body and in heaven‟s measurement shared a common pool of revenue. and move with His plans even while our earthly eyes but see the King Sauls of the world still on their thrones. Then they can make disciples of others and teach them how to go on the journey of the High Road. Change the old rules . Food for Thought Read the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19).
Then figure out how we make our living together doing what we do. Start transferring ‘unjust gain’ into new investing We begin by taking a journey to come out of Babylon. He who “has made everything beautiful in its time. we learn to embrace „investments‟ that put God‟s love for humans (specifically defined by OED as philanthropy) into investing. everything else that profits will not be harmful to others but will develop in a way that is a blessing to all concerned. This is not a school with forty desks and forty chairs but a dynamic „on the field laboratory‟ where the real needs of the world becomes our area of enterprise to work out our passion. It marks the end of money and the beginning of wealth. 2. To do so we need no less than a new type of „school‟ because where we are going will involve a steep learning curve. 4. It is not about applying venture capital techniques into philanthropy but putting philanthropy into investing! Doing this will transform investing as we know it. we are not to go out in haste (Micah 4:13).‟ Every business has to make profit but the “necessary requirements for doing so are changing and business leaders need to start designing value around people. In a community context. this brings about a multiplier that leads to holistic wealth creation. When that person becomes profitable. beliefs and understanding. We need to know first what we do that defines us. This is the business of the kingdom. not as „customers. we align our plans with the Creator God. In God‟s economy. No projections. A new business model It means embracing a „new bottom line‟ business culture that centers on profiting the person in a body dynamic.” This is different from the old paradigm of „design value around the customer‟ or „find out what your customer want and give it to them‟ because „the customer‟ and „the person‟ are not the same.Christians in business need to start seeing people as persons. Viability of people in a body dynamic filled with God‟s love will ensure sustainable growth and fruitfulness in scope first and scale later. Under this new mindset and new logic. We are going to have to train „new‟ entrepreneurs and birth new enterprises to get exactly the kind of new business models we want. This is what we mean by Venture Philanthropy. 3. In doing so. Build prototypes for learning and testing Identify and launch resource-based community enterprises that centers on people development and communal entrepreneurship. The value in a person is far greater than anything in Creation and it is a privilege to work with God to uncover „treasures in earthen vessels‟. the organic system of creating wealth puts people first and everything else second. It will demand transformational innovation that ensures the interests of others in the community are fully factored into solutions. A new vision of value When we make the person the purpose of our activities. in His time! 5. It is a „death‟ and „resurrection‟ experience. Food for Thought . No expectations but a belief that God‟s promises will come. The way to the profit will have new and different requirements. That is sustainable.
God will only reveal prophetic insights to His servants. Only with new mindsets can we begin to understand what God‟s economy looks like. God has provided a way for us to come out of this by providing us a path but it requires a dying to self and learning to walk by faith in obedience to His teachings and instructions. Now combine this scripture with the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16: 19-31) and the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath of Sidon. Be an investor in the kingdom of heaven. The individual is perfected as he transitions towards being a full member of a body where the rulership of God (Christ) is made real. which led to sin and a corruption of a third of the angels by his widespread trades (Ezekiel 28:15-16). The stumbling block to this transition is the transactional nature of Man‟s economy. the Torah. We are in the season of witnessing its manifestation of earth. he took on the nature of Lucifer. This get-rich-quick disease is now endemic in human nature. where Jesus is the King and where real kingdom businesses will emerge. Obeying God‟s Word in a body dynamic is the process that will bring transformation. We need to see this and pray our Father‟s love will empower us. We need a new wineskin for the work of the kingdom. This is why we find it difficult to die to self and why we are held captive to the power of mammon. It is the seed that led to Lucifer being self-centered.Read parable of the shrewd unrighteous steward (Luke 16:1-14). . SUMMARY The Word of God was intended to work in the body context. Death and resurrection is a principle of the kingdom. When Man transacted with Satan in the Garden of Eden.
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