Monthly Archive for September, 2014

Economy of the Kingdom

From September 18-20 we will be in Amsterdam for the very first Christian Economic Summit!

I have been asked to speak on the Economy of the Kingdom … a daunting task!  That the Kingdom of God has its own economy with its own chanacteristics  is not evident to many.

I often start with a quote from the English playwright, Tom Stoppard: ‘A door like this has opened five or six times since we got up on our hind legs. It is the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.’

The upside down economics of the Kingdom is illustrated by some Bible verses such as the words spoken to Joshua on entering the promised land, “So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant” (Josh 24:13); and the invitation given by God Himself to “Come, all you who are thirsty, 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 spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?”  (Isaiah 53:1,2)

And the early church illustrated the coming of the economics of the Kingdom where we read in Acts 4 “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all hat there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.  Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.”

Provision for needs, the meaninglessness of money, elimination of poverty, sharing liberally, asset distribution … sound good?  Well, we pray every day for God to “give us our daily bread, and that His will be done on earth … as it is in heaven.”  Therefore the standards in heaven should also become applicable to our earthly economy! Continue reading ‘Economy of the Kingdom’