“Kingdom Economy” is not an economic term that Warren Buffett probably uses all that often.
In fact, I don’t think that you’ll see a “Kingdom Economics” section in the WSJ, or be able to check your “Kingdom Interest” on your next 401k quarterly summary.
But recently, we got to visit Revolution Church in Louisville, KY, where they were talking about Kingdom Economics.
Kingdom Econ v. Earthly Econ
Rev. Brian Ebel’s message when we visited Revolution was one of grace. In Matthew 20, we see the parable of the workers in the vineyard. A vineyard owner goes at all different parts of the day and hires hands to work his fields that day. At the end of the day, he begins with those hired last and pays them the same as what he was going to pay those who had worked a full day.
In our economy, we say that such practices are not fair. We are an economy based on merit, but God’s economy is built on grace.
In fact, the first workers hired in the parable are the first to grubmle about this very problem. “We worked longer and harder than them! Surely we deserve more pay!” To which the owner replied, “what business is my generosity to you? Didn’t you agree to work for a day’s wage?”
We want God to notice us for what we do for him. We want to puff ourselves up as the “best Christians,” whether that means we are the most tolerant, or the most generous, or the most dedicated at church functions, or the most studious. We don’t want to accept that the deathbed conversion can receive the same grace as the lifelong servant.
But God’s economy is one that pours out great riches to all who trust in him.
Created for Good Works
There is a second side to this message, however. God is not partial based on the amount of work done, but make no mistake: God called us to good works. He called us to work in his name and “cultivate his harvest,” so to speak.
Just as the vineyard owner hired hands to work his fields, God paid the ultimate price in sending his son to die for our sins, so that we might work for his purposes and become his servants, ambassadors, and stewards.
Our job is to use what we have to cultivate a harvest. In the big picture, the faithful will find finances fleeting. What will matter is the work done for the harvest; how many people will know Jesus for eternity because of what we have done on this earth?
My hope in sharing this is to encourage you as we’ve been encouraged. Keep serving, and try (it’s really hard sometimes) not to compare your work to that of others. And spend every day doing the job for which you were “hired:”: to cultivate souls for lasting relationships with Jesus.
In the end, putting some of our earthly resources to eternal rewards will entirely reshape our eagerness for reconciliation.
In light of this sermon, I want to call you to action. If you are reading this post, right this instant, you have opportunity to invest in God’s economy. You can partner with us financially here. You can also partner with us relationally by having us to your small group, introducing us to your friends, and encouraging your families and friends to pledge what they can to our ministry.
Germany (and Europe) need churches. They need the gospel, and they need Christians who have been transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Grace of God to proclaim reconciliation.
Please pray for us, and please do what you can to invest in God’s work in Germany and partner with us.
Your gifts will bear an eternal reward!