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Kingdom Economics #1: Cost* When Jesus talks of cost, He is not talking about making purchases with money. "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's." Matt 22:15-22 * God uses the church of Laodicea to explain the Kingdom economics buyer-seller relationship this way: "Because you say, 'I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,' and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent." (Rev 3:17-19)
#2 - Matthew 25:1-13 "The 10 Virgins" * When Jesus' told the 10 Virgin Parable, it wasn't for lack of money or resources that the 5 virgins didn't have enough oil for their lamps. Before returning with lamp oil, they had asked the other five girls for oil, not for money. So their fate was more tied up with lack of advanced planning and preparation than with lack of resources. * It is also important to think about the relationship between oil that anoints believers, and how God the Holy Spirit anoints believers. [for more insights on the 10 Virgins parable, see August 11-16, 2014 Facebook posts - Aug 11 | Aug 16 Nancy Ertel Sween ] Some final thoughts about the 10 virgin parable: Trust alone is not the key * All 10 trusted that the bridegroom would eventually come. He did. * All 10 trusted that they would be with the bridegroom at the wedding feast. But only the prepared 5 went in with him. The other 5 waited to prepare until the call of his return was sounded, and were too late to be admitted. * So trust doesn't just mean mental assent. It has more to do with obedience to the trusted one. As Proverbs 3:5-6 says: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." * And trust is not a "one way street." As in the 10 Virgin parable, the girls trusted that the bridegroom would return for them, and the bridegroom trusted that the girls would be ready and waiting for him where he had instructed them to be. * The Lord knows His people trust and obey Him. As Isaiah 50:10 says, "Who is among you that fears the Lord, That obeys the voice of His servant, That walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God."
# 3 - So you find something of great value in God's word that you want to incorporate into your life. Jesus pictured this spiritual exchange with physical examples in these two parables: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it." (Matt 13:44-46) Aug 21, 2014
# 9 - Seeking food and drink - and continually worrying - are results of the world's economics. Those who obey Jesus seek the kingdom of God. Facebook Luke 12:29-32 "And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom." Matthew 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
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What Jesus gives us is by grace and by permission of the Father, not stolen. You have heard the expression "Your money is no good here." * What can be used with God in place of money? Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." * Store up the currency of heaven. Matthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." John 5:21 "For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it." * Ask the Father for what He says in scripture are good gifts. Change your minds and shift away from earthly good gifts. Matthew 7:11-12 "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." John 6:27 "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."
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