I recently listened to a Christian professor share how he met with business men and women from New York city for a 7 week seminar on the seven deadly sins. He said that each week the crowd grew and grew and then on the week that he discussed greed, only a handful showed up. The following week, they were back to busting attendance, he asked the business men and women why they didn't show up the previous week. They replied, "We don't struggle with greed, but the other sins we struggle with." I would have to agree. I don't think I struggle with greed. In fact, I probably would have skipped that week as well. I think most people think everyone else is greedy, but very few people think they are greedy.
There is this interesting seminary story in Luke's narrative. Jesus is in the middle of a lecture on discipleship and a bystander interrupts Jesus's discourse on hypocrisy to ask Jesus to intervene in a family dispute over an inheritance. Jesus, in common rabbinical fashion, asks a rhetorical question and then tells a story about the ruthlessness of greed.
We often assume that Jesus was amoral when it came to the subject of money. When we think of Jesus we think of him talking about love, grace, forgiveness, prayer and faith. But did you know that Jesus talks about economics (2000 verses) on a ratio of 4:1 with prayer (500 verses) and faith (500 verses)? If I followed that ratio people would think I was a money-hungry preacher.
So why did he talk money, possessions, economy, and work as much as he did? In addition to the fact that its relevant in every culture, money is singularly the best gauge on the essence of one's life. Money doesn't lie. It reveals the truest part of our heart and soul.
In the true to life film series The Assets, the CIA learns from various sources that they have a mole who is personally responsible for many deaths in Russia during the Cold War. Years and years pass and they are unable to uncover the mole's identity, partially because the mole is working counterintelligence. Then someone suggests they follow the money trail of their agents' lives. And Aldrich Ames is revealed as the mole.
Jesus talks about money as a manner of getting to the heart more quickly. Jesus talks about money both because its relevant and because its spiritually significant. So, what principles guide Kingdom economics? And what behaviors characterize economics of the worlds empire?
Here's a peek at 3 Principles of Kingdom-Nomics
- You are not the sum total of your accumulated assets, but you become what you give away.
- Live for the life beyond here and you will have the Beyond-Life, here and now. But live for the here-and-now and you will not only miss out on the life beyond, but miss out on the here and now.
- Worrying about money doesn't accomplish anything. Instead of worrying about money enjoy the relationships you have with God, with each other and with the world.
This Sunday join us as we talk about Kingdom Economics and Financial Freedom.
Sunday | Celebration Gathering | 9:30 and 11:00
Come 5 minutes early. Sing and sway into God's presence.