God-conomics: God’s Strange Economics


stack-of-sliver-ingots-and-pile-of-coinsGod’s economics are strange. Let me point out to a common issue and then relate it to a larger picture that can irreversibly alter how you view your life.

We often don’t pray or read the Bible when we’re pressed for time. We want to rush off to school or work to get more things done. The funny thing is that when you neglect spending time with God, you don’t gain time. You lose time. How is that possible? God-conomics.

You assume that by spending an hour with God, you lose time for other things. Well, wrong! God can bless the remaining hours of your day such that no time is lost, or that the time is even more productive.

Conversely, when you skip time with God, God can remove his blessings on the rest of the day and make you even more unproductive. Martin Luther, the great reformist, said:

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” – Martin Luther

That’s mind-boggling! The busier Luther’s day was, the more he had to pray for God’s blessing and help. What about you? Are you too busy to pray? Or like Luther, too busy not to pray? Make an appointment with God everyday.

This leads me to my second point. God-conomics as I’ve stated, works on a whole different set of principles. It is essentially, a paradox. God can bless and multiply whatever you have given up. Remember the five loaves and two fishes? In Jesus’ hands, it multiplied and fed more than five thousand people. God-conomics was in action. This has deep implications for each one of us.

Many people cling on to their lives, their careers, their dreams, their family, their possessions and refuse to give it up. They think that giving up their lives for God’s use is a waste. Imagine if that little boy had refused to give Jesus his bread and fish. No miracle could have taken place. In God-conomics, only when the life is given up for him, can it be blessed, broken, and multiplied far beyond what you try to do in your own strength.

Jesus spoke clearly about the gain in the midst of loss:

Mark 8:35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.

And that everything we give up will be amply returned:

Matthew 19:29
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

Do you want God to bless your life? You need to lose all control over your life. Everything you cling to must be released. The world may call you a failure or a waste of talent, but in God’s eyes, you’re a success.

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