Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21)
In our world and society, we have all sorts of gurus who will tell you to sell everything and give everything to them; some want it quick “just hand over everything”. It’s kind of puzzling why people keep giving to these gurus. For what?!
Jesus said – GIVE TO THE POOR. –give directly to those who needed it most, be a channel of blessing to those who needed to be blessed by God.
Jesus was in that position to request such ultimate demand because Jesus did what He preached. Jesus Himself was God’s best and ultimate gift to humanity.
Fast forward to the days of Acts –
And all who believed were together and had all things in common. (Acts 2:44)
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. (Acts 4:32)
Well, the whole situation looked like “communist party”, but a very important point of different – Jesus is in the picture.
The disciples gave as according to the teaching of Jesus – love your neighbor as yourself. They followed the example of Jesus. They did not use the funds to build a new shrine or a statue – they used their resources to bless their neighbors.
The communist party in China will “try their best of efforts” take everything from you and claimed “state owned” – in the name of “peaceful progress”.
Well, they did went around claiming territories in South China Sea like nobody’s business, but God is watching. They said they got a “map” for it, but we know they draw that own map without God’s approval.
We are now living in one of the most serious imbalance of world economics – about 1% of the ultra-rich owns almost half of global resources and wealth (report here)
God already provided more than enough for us – problem is in distributions. The world teaches about getting and holding, Jesus taught His disciple to give and share. Let it go to your neighbors.
Jesus’ way of economic – distribution, sustainability, balance. So the early Christians had no lack and were blessed.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)
Paul was one outstanding disciple who became an effective Apostle.
For the Christians – Paul’s contributions to faith, theology, Christology and Christianity made him an effective servant of Jesus.
For the gold-smiths in Athens – Paul was that trouble maker who made them lost their business because people were turning to Jesus and neglecting idols. So Christians kept growing while the temples and shrines went out of business. Even gold and silvers went for their confession.
Those who believed in Jesus found better economics in the kingdom of God.
Jesus’ way of kingdom economics is far better than crowd-sourcing. People in our days needed funding more than ever, so if they can’t find one big sponsor try pooling everybody together.
Crowd-sourcing expects targeted returns back to the giver in this life and soonest possible. If everything else fails, lawyers still get paid and banking agents keep getting their interest and service fees. End of the day – bankers and lawyers are still the winners and takers.
Jesus’ way of kingdom economics gave that returns to eternity. Capital guaranteed plus bonus up to 100 folds. No need to engage lawyers, no need to pay service fees to investment experts –
other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” (Mark 4:8)
So it all depends which would you prefer – Jesus’ way of kingdom economics or mammon.
Seems too good to be true? There is only one risk involved here –
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
As believers and disciples of Jesus – our most valuable assets have to be FAITH.
The “thief” is a professional faith killer and destroyer. The only thing this “thief” needed to do to destroy Jesus’ way of kingdom economic is to attack believers’ FAITH.
FAITH in Jesus – the disciples trusted in Jesus teaching and did what was told. God provided. Even in that situation when Stephan was martyred (Acts 7); Jesus made ready Stephan position in eternity. So what Jesus promised about treasure in heaven is true (Matthew 19:21)
FAITH in Jesus – the rich young man in Matthew 19:21 was offered eternal blessing far better than earthly wealth. He rejected but many who read his story did otherwise. It’s been about 2000 years since Jesus preached that, many had responded in FAITH and became channels of blessing for the Gospel all over the world.
Jesus’ way of giving and distribution went into multiplication mood.
For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. (Matthew 13:12)
The early Christians had abundance of FAITH. They gave away earthly wealth and possession, but they had abundance of FAITH.
They were so rich in faith – neighbors and friends caught the same vision.
Many were persecuted and died for their faith – even in death their faith overwhelmed their enemies. From every single personality of faith, God brought forth multiplications and further multiplications.
Jesus’ way of kingdom economics keep going and growing.
If there is anything proven resistant against world recession – Jesus’ way of kingdom economics
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