What do you think of when you hear the word economics? Most people would say money, but I think that if you’re looking at the definition of economics from God’s viewpoint, it might just look a little different. After all, in Matthew 6:24 the scriptures say: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Now … to me that paints an interesting picture! In my opinion, I think there’s an underlying principal here, and it’s that principal that’s been formulating this idea of God-nomics in my heart, and in my mind. I would like to share some of those thoughts with you now.

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There’s a Newsboys song that has a line in it that reads like this: “When we don’t get what we deserve, that’s a real good thing. When we get what we don’t deserve, that’s a real good thing.” 

There is nothing we can do to earn our righteousness, or favor with God. There is no denying the existence of good or evil in today’s world. Just watch the news; it’s there! We’re born with the ability to choose good or bad, because we’re born with sin, and the scriptures say that the wages of sin is death! Romans 6:23. This is what we deserve, BUT God doesn’t quite see it that way, not after sending his son Jesus, existing as God and man born perfect, to pay the price for us! Now, thanks to Christ, we get what we don’t deserve; an ‘abundant’ and ‘eternal’ life, see John 10:10 and John 3:16!

 

gn7See the ‘scales of your life’ will never balance because there is no middle ground. All your good deeds heaped high on one side of the scale could never equal your wrongs. No one is good enough. No one can cast blame by pointing their finger at someone else, and worldly ‘sacrifices’ whatever form they may take, aren’t sufficient either. Instead … and this is the part that doesn’t make any sense from a mere human viewpoint, my ‘Theory of God-nomics’ begins with the recognition that we own nothing; you know the saying that says ‘you can’t take it with you when you die’, and that we owe a debt so massive and personal that we simply have no means by which to pay it, and still … we’re miraculously rewarded with unimaginable wealth in exchange for overwhelming debt! In fact, the formulas of God’s approach to economics could look something like this:

 

 

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$ ≠ ∞E , Money ($) won’t buy you an infinite eternal life (∞E). Matthew 19:24

GDP ≠ ∞E , Good Deeds Produced (GDP) doesn’t mean eternity (∞E) either. Ephesians 2:8

(Α + Ω) > $ ,  A relationship with Jesus Christ (Α+Ω) is worth more than wealth ($). Matthew 19:21

(Α + Ω) = WTL , Jesus Christ (Α + Ω) is the way (W) the truth (T) and the life (L). John 14:6

So just to recap, I think God’s economics is based on the ‘turning your world upside down’ truth that he gives us everything for more than nothing. Now that’s an investment worth pursuing!

 

 


Joe Miller – Executive Director

Joe Miller is the Executive Director for Souls Harbour Rescue Mission. After working in the manufacturing industry for many years, he felt called to move from 'building things' to 'building people.' He has a passion to see the people that walk through the Mission's doors, get the help they need; whatever their situation may be. He enjoys fishing and the outdoors and often finds God in the stillness of nature. He writes here his thoughts on poverty, society, faith, and his reflections on life.