Kingdom Economics: Kinds of Wealth
* When Jesus talks of cost, He is not talking
about making purchases with money.
"Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's,
* God uses the church of Laodicea
and to God what is God's."
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."
Also see: 1 Peter 1:7
Kingdom Economics: Practical vs Greed
The crowds (thousands of people)
who gathered around Jesus,
often hoped to hear practical economic
information taught, explained, and applied.
* Is it fair for my brother to inherit all?
* How do I prepare for early retirement?
* Will God provide, or shall I?
Luke 12:13-15 records a one-on-One encounter
with a man who wanted Jesus to
instruct his brother about generosity.
Instead, Jesus dealt publicly
with the problem of covetousness, that is, greed.
"Someone in the crowd said to Him,
'Teacher, tell my brother to divide
family inheritance with me.'
But He said to him, 'Man,
who appointed Me a judge
or arbitrator over you?'
Then He said to them,
'Beware, and be on your guard
against every form of greed;
for not even when one has an
abundance does his life
consist of his possessions.'"
Kingdom Economics: "Winner" Loses
Jesus had just told the crowd
that the value of one's life
is not measured by how many things you have,
when He told this parable
about one's response to an unexpected windfall:
"And He told them a parable, saying,
Notice that there is
'The land of a rich man was very productive.
And he began reasoning to himself, saying,
"What shall I do, since
I have no place to store my crops?"
Then he said,
"This is what I will do:
I will tear down my barns
and build larger ones,
and there I will store
all my grain and my goods.
And I will say to my soul,
'Soul, you have many goods laid up
for many years to come;
take your ease,
eat, drink and be merry.'"
But God said to him,
"You fool! This very night
your soul is required of you;
and now who will own what you have prepared?"
So is the man who stores up treasure for himself,
and is not rich toward God.'"
* no gratitude or offering to God
* no plan for sharing with family and the poor
* only a selfish storage schedule for "partying"
for years to come
What if you die tonight?
Are you rich toward God?
Kingdom Economics: Determining Value
Jesus had just told the crowd
it is better to be rich toward God
than to use money for more possessions.
Then He talked to His disciples about valuing
life, food, body, and clothes.
Be careful what you value.
Worry is not effective.
"And He said to His disciples,
'For this reason I say to you,
do not worry about your life,
as to what you will eat;
nor for your body,
as to what you will put on.
For life is more than food,
and the body more than clothing.
Consider the ravens,
for they neither sow nor reap;
they have no storeroom nor barn,
and yet God feeds them;
how much more valuable you are
than the birds!
And which of you by worrying can add
a single hour to his life’s span?
If then you cannot do even
a very little thing,
why do you worry about other matters?'"
Kingdom Economics vs World Economics
Seeking food and drink -
and continually worrying -
are results of the world's economics.
Those who obey
seek the kingdom of God. Facebook
"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."
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you."
Kingdom Economics #2: Preparation - 10 Virgins parable
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
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 they 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
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."
Kingdom Economics #3: Value Exchange
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
Kingdom Economics #4: Spiritual Sale
* Some people are thirsty and hungry for
the treasure of God's leading the way,
telling us the truth, and giving us His life.
When we see the value of God's gospel offer,
how can we spiritually sell all we have
then buy something of greater value
without using our country's coinage?
Isaiah 55:1-2 offers some spiritual "LED" guidelines:
* Listen to God; really hear His Word.
* Eat (and absorb) what is good.
* Delight in this method of abundance.
"Ho! Every one who thirsts,
come to the waters;
And you who have no money
come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost.
Why do you spend money
for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me,
and eat what is good,
And delight yourself in abundance.
Kingdom Economics #8: God provides
God provides clothing
Jesus is talking about clothes we will
"Consider the lilies, how they grow:
they neither toil nor spin;
but I tell you, not even Solomon
in all his glory clothed himself
like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass in the field,
which is alive today and tomorrow is
thrown into the furnace, how much
more will He clothe you?
You men of little faith!"
"He who overcomes will thus be clothed
in white garments;"
wear in heaven - clothes God will provide
if we buy them His way without money.
Overcome with faith
as opposed to being worried or troubled
about things of this world.
It is like when your mother used to lay
out today's clothes to wear.
Jesus teaches about clothing we know about
now to teach us about spiritual clothing to come.
Kingdom Economics #10: Servant purchases
1) A master such as Jesus buys people
to serve Him
"You were bought with a price;
(False prophets are) "...denying the Master
do not become slaves of men."
(1 Cor 7:23)
who bought them..." (2 Peter 2:1)
2) God made - and bought - His people Israel
from the time He chose them.
"They have acted corruptly toward Him,
3) Jesus bought His people, but not with money:
They are not His children,
because of their defect;
But are a perverse and crooked generation.
Do you thus repay the Lord,
O foolish and unwise people?
Is not He your Father who has bought you?
He has made you and established you."
"Or do you not know that your body
4) Regulations for buying and freeing slaves
is a temple of the Holy Spirit
who is in you, whom you have from God,
and that you are not your own?
For you have been bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body."
(1 Cor 6:19-20)
are shown in Exodus 21:2-6
"If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve
for six years; but on the seventh he
shall go out as a free man without payment.
If he comes alone, he shall go out alone;
if he is the husband of a wife,
then his wife shall go out with him.
If his master gives him a wife,
and she bears him sons or daughters,
the wife and her children
shall belong to her master,
and he shall go out alone.
But if the slave plainly says,
‘I love my master, my wife and my children;
I will not go out as a free man,’
then his master shall bring him to God,
then he shall bring him to the door
or the doorpost. And his master
shall pierce his ear with an awl;
and he shall serve him permanently."
Kingdom Economics #11: Spiritual Currency
4 Sep 2014 FB
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.
* Ask the Father for what He says in scripture
"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."
"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."
are good gifts. Change your minds
and shift away from earthly good gifts.
"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."
"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."
Kingdom Economics # 12 - Kinds of wealth
Wealth during our life times is a test of faith.
* Will I be faithful to God or to money?
Luke 16:10-12 (NASB)
* Will I be conscious that no matter how much worldly wealth I oversee, it is relatively little compared to heavenly spiritual wealth that could be entrusted to me.
* Will it matter to me if heavenly wealth is personally earned or inherited?
* Will I focus upon money as being a steward and money manager, and not a thief nor embezzler?
10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing
is faithful also in much; and
he who is unrighteous in a very little thing
is unrighteous also in much.
11 Therefore if you have not been faithful
in the use of unrighteous [a]wealth,
who will entrust the true riches to you?
12 And if you have not been faithful
in the use of that which is another’s,
who will give you that which is your own?
Luke 16:11 Gr mamonas, for Aram mamon(mammon);
i.e. wealth, etc.,
personified as an object of worship
Kingdom Economics #13 - God's riches
|KINGDOM ECONOMICS - What are the riches of God?|
* His kindness, tolerance, patience (Ro 2:4)
* His riches in the glory of Christ Jesus
* His glory upon vessels of mercy (Ro 9:23)
* His riches abound for all who call on Him (Ro 10:12)
* the depth of His wisdom and knowledge; (Ro 11:33)
* His unsearchable judgments; (Ro 11:33)
* His unfathomable ways (Ro 11:33)
supply people’s needs (Phil 4:19)
* God’s mystery, hidden from past ages and generations,
was planned by Him to reveal to His saints,
what is the riches of the glory of this mystery
among the Gentiles. What is this mystery?
It is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (from Col 1:26-27)
|KINGDOM ECONOMICS - How does God's mercy bring salvation?|
* Proof of faith is more precious than gold
* God causes us to be born again by His mercy
* Our hope is not in ourselves but in Jesus' resurrection
* Our inheritance from Jesus is extremely valuable
* Our inheritance is reserved for us in heaven
* We are protected through faith by God's power
* Our salvation is ready in heaven to be shown later
* We greatly rejoice for this salvation, even when it is
not evident yet because our faith is still being tested
* Proof of faith, more precious than gold, tested by fire
* Praise, glory, honor - Jesus will be revealed
* We have not seen Jesus, but we love Him
* Our belief in Him causes rejoicing, joy, glory
* Coming out of this faith, we will obtain salvation
(1 Peter 1:3-9)
3 Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who according to His great mercy
has caused us to be born again
to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead,
4 to obtain an inheritance
which is imperishable and undefiled
and will not fade away,
reserved in heaven for you,
5 who are protected by the power of God
through faith for a salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In this you greatly rejoice,
even though now for a little while,
you have been distressed by various trials,
7 so that the proof of your faith,
being more precious than gold
which is perishable,
even though tested by fire,
may be found to result in praise
and glory and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
8 and though you have not seen Him,
you love Him,
and though you do not see Him now,
but believe in Him,
you greatly rejoice
with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith
the salvation of your souls.
“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.” (1 Tim 6:17)
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