Kingdom economics begins with BEING. Humbling ourselves is coming into agreement with God about who we are in Him. We are sons of God! That is our DNA (divine nature attributes). That is who we are. Extraneous effort and activity aimed at establishing our identity will postpone kingdom reality. Who we ARE is established through our relationship with Christ.
The first stop on the journey to BEING is to settle the issue of our identity. We recommend the book, “Identity Theft” by Kevin Avram and Wes Boldt. Paul was truly a free man because he had no doubts about his new identity in Christ.
By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. – I Corinthians 15:10
Kingdom economics flows out of a kingdom lifestyle. This lifestyle is lived out in context with other members of the body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies (Ephesians 4:16).
Christ in us [all together is] the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Kingdom economics begins to flow as we are divinely inter-connected, attached, to one another. We see this corporate dynamic operational in early church testimony:
Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.
And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.
Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. – Acts 4:32-35
Kingdom economics is based in grace and lived out in faith. These principles were inherent in God’s words to Israel, and were also inherent in His specific instructions regarding provision for His servants throughout history.
You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. – Deuteronomy 8:18
Every attribute we possess that contributes to earning and stewarding is intrinsically intertwined with mission! Our financial capacities, no matter how great or small, are measured by our choice of gods. Mammon dictates worldly values; God defines ministerial and missional purpose. We cannot serve both God and mammon. – Matthew 6:24