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We Own Nothing; He Owns Everything!

Paul Cuny • Entrepreneurship
God does not have a sense of indebtedness to us. In Psalm 50, His viewpoint on the issue of ownership is stated rather clearly -- God owns everything. Yet, many of us seem to spend our lifetimes striving for things to "own," and once we get them, we are determined to protect what we have and accumulate more. This kind of striving always brings with it concern about how to keep what we have, or how to protect it from others who may want it. Psalm 50 gives us one of the definitive statements of real ownership in Scripture. This statement reveals the Kingdom perspective.

Excerpts are from the book Secrets of the Kingdom Economy

by Paul L. Cuny, President of MarketPlace Leadership International

 

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We Own Nothing; He Owns Everything! 

A Different View of Ownership

Psalms 50:10-12 For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, And everything that moves in the field is Mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, For the world is Mine, and all it contains.

 

God does not have a sense of indebtedness to us. In Psalm 50, His viewpoint on the issue of ownership is stated rather clearly -- God owns everything. Yet, many of us seem to spend our lifetimes striving for things to "own," and once we get them, we are determined to protect what we have and accumulate more. This kind of striving always brings with it concern about how to keep what we have, or how to protect it from others who may want it. Psalm 50 gives us one of the definitive statements of real ownership in Scripture. This statement reveals the Kingdom perspective.  

 

Haggai 2:8 is another verse that gives even more insight, 'The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,' declares the LORD of hosts. The Scripture is filled with verses such as these. Ownership is a settled matter in the eyes of Heaven; and it needs to be a settled issue with people who want to live in the Kingdom Economy, as well. God's ownership is not an ideal to be hoped for; it is a universal reality.

 

The Lord will not be indebted to us over something He already owns. I have discovered that the Lord will not wrestle with us for control of anything. If we deny this Kingdom reality and choose to retain ownership of anything, He will not challenge us. However, the issue of personal ownership to the believer quickly becomes a burden too heavy to carry. What a different perspective! Yet for marketplace people who choose to live in the Economy of the Kingdom, this is the only valid perspective. Remember, these are principles by which the Kingdom Economy functions. To live under the sovereignty of God is to live in His Kingdom. To live in His Kingdom means conducting ourselves in the marketplace by the principles the Kingdom Economy. This includes our understanding of ownership.

 

I have a close friend who has an unusual understanding of this reality. When he came to the revelation that God owned everything, he and his wife wanted to make a declaration to Heaven that all their possessions really belonged to God. They took the deed to their home and walked through each room of their house praying. They said, "Lord, the deed to this house has our names on it, but in reality it is Your house. Thank You for letting us live here in Your house. Lord, the furniture of Your house, we acknowledge today it belongs to You also. The clothes are Yours, as well. Lord we want You to know everything we have is Yours. We agree with You that all this belongs to You." This may sound like a radical approach, but it is merely agreeing with a Kingdom reality. Most of us have not come to this place about ownership.

 

Liberty is the Atmosphere of the Kingdom

 

Yet this kind of understanding is liberating, and liberty is the atmosphere of the Kingdom. It will enable you to live in God's peace, and peace is a promise of the Kingdom. You don't lie awake at night worrying about protecting something that does not belong to you. You don't get ulcers over an untenable situation at work if you have given the Lord the responsibility for your future. You won't worry about whether or not you will get "that job" or "that promotion" or "that business deal" because you are one of His bondservants and the bondservant has chosen to place his life in the hands of his Master.

 

If you agree with the Lord on the issue of ownership, then He is responsible for these things. We must do our part and be  responsible stewards of all these things, but the control that comes with ownership is His. To put it another way, we are responsible for effort, integrity, study, knowledge and stewardship; He is responsible for outcomes. This way of living is diametrically opposed to the systems of this world.

 

The Kingdom perspective is entirely different! Everything we have belongs to Him. This extends not only to your possessions or lack of them, but your business, your future, your calling, and your family. If we are going to live in this Kingdom Economy, we must learn to live in contentment, with expectation.

 

If He Owns It, He Controls the Outcome

 

If you are a business leader, manager or owner, your business belongs to Him. To put this in very practical terms, if it is His business, then He is responsible to cause the business to flourish. We are to work very hard, very smart, educate ourselves, understand the times, and do all we can to be wise stewards of God's business, but the responsibility for the business is His. This may sound ethereal and mystical, but the reality of this has very practical applications.

 

Surrender

 

Surrendering is giving to the Lord what we may at one time have viewed as our own. I learned there are levels of this kind of surrender. Years after I gave my business to the Lord, I went to my office early one morning, before anyone arrived for work, to pray over the office. I would periodically lay hands on the checking accounts, pray over each of the offices and each employee, and pray for unity in my staff and for the peace of God to reign, while I worshipped the Lord.

 

This particular morning the Lord said to me, "Son, you need to give Me the business." I was surprised by this, and said, "Lord I have given You this business many times. I am not aware of anything I have retained ownership of, but if You want me to surrender it to You again, I will. Lord, I give You this business on a deeper level than I have ever done before. All of it is Yours, what I'm conscious of and what I'm not conscious of."

 

Suddenly, at 6:15 in the morning the presence of God flooded that place. That morning changed my perspective on the issue of ownership. In a very practical way, I began to understand the responsibilities that come with ownership and those that come with stewardship. It seems to be a progressive surrender with things like this.  

Hiring Procedures

 

If we are, in fact, stewards of God's business, then He has the right to make decisions concerning His business. We sometimes make wrong decisions because we do not do what it says in James 1:5, But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

 

There are many practical ways to approach this. One way to hire people is to write the job description and personality profile you want for that position, set it before the Lord and say, "Lord I think this is who we need to hire for Your business. Will You send this person to us so we don't have to interview hundreds of people and depend on our own judgment to fill this position?"  Praying for key hires is important. You may think, "This won't work for me. You are living in a dream world!"  I will say to you, this is not an original idea!

 

In Luke 6:12-13 it says, It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named . Jesus had many followers at this time, but He knew it was time to make some personnel decisions. He needed His senior management team, so to speak, and there were twelve openings. Jesus did not interview, He appointed. These twelve men would be His legacy, and they would manage what would become the largest, most dynamic organization in the history of the world - the Body of Christ.

 

Let's remember who was making the decision on these twelve senior level people. It was none other than Jesus Christ, the Son of God, about whom Colossians 2:3 says, . in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. If all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge were in Jesus, and He realized He needed to spend the night alone in prayer to get God the Father's ideas on these twelve appointments, then who are we to flippantly make key personnel decisions about God's businesses without consulting with the real Owner? If He owns it, He gets to decide who works in His business. He is a much better judge of character than I am, since He knows the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

On some level, every Kingdom business can adopt this principle. You may have a variation on the theme outlined here, but include Him in your decisions. You have at your disposal the wisdom of God. Why not use His wisdom? If you are a CEO of a multi-national corporation, use this for your key leaders. If you run a small business, use it for all your hires.
 

Give Him His Place

 

When I had staff meetings, I would set a chair at the head of the table for the Lord and invite Him to take His place. It was not some superficial approach to doing things. The Lord was invited to sit with us and participate with His wisdom. There are many ways you can acknowledge and honor Him in business without beating people over the head with your Bible. Ask Him to show you. He is already involved in your businesses. Why not acknowledge His involvement by making a place for Him?

 

Let God Stay Awake - You Go to Sleep

 

In the early years of my business, we were going through a difficult time, and I had a cash flow problem. I had given the business to the Lord over and over again, so ownership was not an issue. My understanding of how that ownership worked operationally was the issue. One of my key people was a young man with four young children. One night, I could not sleep because I was worried about making payroll in a few days. I kept thinking about George's children, and I just didn't see how everything was going to work. I tossed and turned until about 2 a.m. when suddenly, another layer of the understanding about God's ownership came to light.

 

I sat up in bed and said, "Wait a minute! If this is Your business, why am I laying awake worrying about how to make payroll for Your business? Psalm 121 says You .neither slumber nor sleep. Lord, You can be thinking about how to make Your payroll, because I'm going to sleep." I went to sleep, and God did make His payroll. I have never lost a minute's sleep over those kinds of issues since.

 

The Grieving Period

 

Once again, if He owns it, then we are essentially stewards of Another's resources. The dictionary defines a steward in this way "one who manages another's property, finances, or other affairs; an administrator; supervisor."1 In other words, we carry the responsibility to use the resources the way they are intended to be used.

 

Stewardship also means short grieving periods. When you loose "the deal" that you have clothed in integrity, prayer and effort, allow yourself five minutes of grief and move on. One godly businessman told me, "When God hands you a business deal, the issue then becomes our stewardship of that deal, because He owns it. If He owns it, then He can cause that deal to flourish and be very profitable or He can cause it to die."

 

God does not need "the deal" to keep His businesses going because His businesses have no such needs. His businesses are fully supplied for His purposes because they are part of His Kingdom and they function by the standards of His Kingdom's Economy. His Kingdom does not operate on the basis of need. It operates from a position of full supply.

 

These are some very practical aspects regarding ownership and operating in the Kingdom Economy. Because we are only stewards of what we have been given, we are accountable to the Lord for the proper use of His resources. We are responsible to Him for the use of not only His silver and His gold, but of our time, and all the elements of our life in the marketplace. Jesus illustrated this in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30).

 

In a previous chapter, we discussed the two kingdoms being expressed in world views, having distinct characteristics and perspectives on any given issue. Ownership is also one of those perspectives that is critical.  Let's look at the practical, tangible ways that will help us understand the Economy of the Kingdom.

 

In order for the economic element of the Kingdom to come to fulfillment, a transformation in our thinking and understanding must first take place. As His people, we have the responsibility of knowing how God's system of economics works. What is our viewpoint to be? How do we succeed in His Economy? How does God define success? These are questions many of us should begin asking as we draw near to the coming of the Lord. We live in a day when the revelation of these things is upon us. Responsibly representing the Lord's desires with His resources is a very serious matter. The Lord is preparing to pour out great resources upon nations, businesses and individuals, and we must come to understand the breadth of the Kingdom Economy in order to understand our role.
 

Financial Resources As A Responsibility

 

For many of us, our understanding of the Kingdom Economy is limited to giving and receiving, and tithes and offerings. Since the culture of the Kingdom is one of generosity, these two elements are essential. Malachi 3:10 says, "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of Heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows." 

 

Most of us who sit in the pews around the world on Sunday morning have heard expositions of this verse many times. It is absolute truth. All those who have understood this truth have been personally blessed by this verse, because the Kingdom Economy does include giving and receiving. It does include paying of tithes and giving of offerings. These things are an essential part of living in the Kingdom Economy. However, God's Economic system is much broader in scope than just those two elements.

 

The Kingdom perspective is that we are "responsible," as stewards, to the real Owner of everything, and that includes finances. The question always becomes, "How does God want you to spend His money?"  Tithes and offerings are part of this culture of generosity that exists in the Kingdom. We have been given the role of financing the work of God around the world. It is appropriate that people in the marketplace finance the crusades, the ministries, and the missionaries with God's money.

 

Penetrating Questions

 

However, is it not possible that God's money should also go towards building roads, so small farmers in developing countries can get their products to market? Who will supply the capital and wise counsel for the godly owner of the cash-starved manufacturing firm in Brazil that employs 200 people (200 families)? Who will finance building deep wells in villages all over Africa so little children don't die young because of disease? How can we help the poor in developing nations learn the Biblical principles of entrepreneurship so they can sustain themselves? These are penetrating questions that need to be asked if we are to flourish in the Kingdom Economy because the Kingdom is about community responsibility.

 

I will grant you that building roads is not as "flashy" as some of the things the Body of Christ does with God's money. We may not become a "ministry friend" for providing counsel and low interest capital to the manufacturing facility. We probably don't make the Christian television or radio talk show circuit as  superstar businessmen for drilling wells in Africa. But the question is, "How does God want His money invested?" 

 

Does God only want His money invested on Wall Street or the Tokyo Stock Exchange? Please understand there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing this as part of a Spirit-led strategy. However, I think He looks at "return on investment" differently. Is He going to say, "Well done thou good and faithful servant! You got a 30% annualized return over a 10-year period on My money!" Or is He going to say, "You took that return and started a self-funding foundation to fund orphanages in South America. Well Done!"  We are responsible to "invest" His money where we can get His kind of return.

 

I submit these questions to you as one who has asked them myself. These questions may be uncomfortable to answer, but they need to be asked. The Economy of the Kingdom is a comprehensive, dynamic part of the Kingdom of God that Jesus preached about. It affects the spiritual side of life, but it also produces tangible benefits to small businesses, large corporations, employees and employers. It impacts government leadership, our homes and families.

 

This economy does include Malachi 3:10, but it is not limited to that verse. The Kingdom Economy includes every verse in Scripture. God gave us His plan for a comprehensive lifestyle within His Kingdom. It is a practical, all-encompassing way of living that affects every area of our lives, including personal stewardship.

 

Responsibility of "Hidden Treasures"

 

Several godly political leaders in high positions of government have told me privately that the Lord has said He will reveal "hidden treasures" in their nations when righteous government leadership is in place. One of these men is a key government leader in a nation that is very poor with 70% unemployment. Make no mistake: God controls the natural resources and their discovery.

 

God requires righteous government and business leadership in place for this kind of thing, so the benefit goes to the people of the nation, not to a corrupt few. This kind of thing happens when there is a partnership of government and business. Righteous leaders understand the principle of ownership and responsibility and won't use God-given resource for personal gain at the expense of those God wants to bless.
 

Financial Resource As A Reward

 

In the economic system of the world, resource is often viewed as a reward for personal achievement, brilliance or human effort. A reward brings little or no accountability. It can be spent on personal desires as you wish. You "own" the reward, and you are responsible only to yourself. There is no community responsibility to bless others with what you have.

 

In some developing nations, the resources are often controlled by a small group of business and government leaders who consider maintenance of the status quo and consolidation of their wealth as a primary goal. This will be done at the expense of the poor and many times lays the foundation for political unrest and discontent. If we operate in this system, there will never be enough.

 

In the world's economic system, no matter how much you accumulate, you will never be satisfied with what you have. Proverbs 27:20 says, .So the eyes of man are never satisfied. NKJ

 

 In this economic system, the reality of the Lord as the Jehovah Jirah (the Provider) is constantly called into question. This system is based on lack and need that you may perceive in your life. We become envious of what others have, and therefore doubt God's ability to provide for His people. God's ability and desire to provide for His people are part of His character. When we doubt His ability or His desire to provide for us, we doubt His character.

 

Supernatural verses Natural

 

The Kingdom Economy operates supernaturally. Therefore faith, our compete trust in Him, is a central component. Hebrews 11:6 says, And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Believing that He is fully engaged in all aspects of our lives, including our business life, is the beginning of .believing that He is. He operates on a different plane than we do. God has absolutely no limitations on what He can do in our lives, except the limitations we put on Him. He can't do more because He has already done everything.

 

The economic system of the world can only operate on a natural basis. This system depends solely on you to produce. When you can't produce, you are of no value. This is a one-dimensional system with limitations.

 

God's Direction

 

In Genesis 26, we are told that Isaac was living in a time of famine, in a foreign land. The implication of the Hebrew word for famine is "by Jehovah's word." I am not, by any means, suggesting that all famine is caused by God. I am saying that in this case it appears to be so.

 

Isaac knew he could not control the external circumstances in his life and business. He had many servants (employees) and large herds and needed to feed them. He was directed to a nation and a people who were hostile to him on land he didn't even own. He was a renter, so to speak! He had to gain permission from the King of the Philistines to stay there. Genesis 26:12 says, Now Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the LORD blessed him, and the man became rich, and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy...

 

Physical Impossibilities Don't Challenge God's Power

 

I spoke about this verse to an agricultural engineer while I was holding a Marketplace Leadership Conference in El Salvador. Melina told me, "What took place here was a physical impossibility; it cannot happen in the natural." We have to understand that God's power was not challenged in making this happen. His methods are beyond natural means; they are supernatural. Isaac sowed the seed in one season, and in that same season his harvest yielded a 10,000 per cent return on investment. This was supernatural and produced a fear of Isaac's God in the heart of the King of Philistia and his people. This supernatural event and others caused the Philistine leaders to have a new respect for Isaac. God did this because He loved Isaac, but, more importantly, because He was working within His strategic plan for the nations of the earth.

 

We have to understand that the Economic system of the Kingdom operates supernaturally. When you have surrendered ownership, find the mind of the Lord in your work life, pray according to His will, and ask Him to bring it to pass because you are unable to do so. Trust that He will do it, declare it with your lips, let your efforts equal your prayers and declarations, and thank Him; then we wait expectantly for the answer, no matter how long it takes.

 

Divinely Positioned

 

It is clear that the Lord is setting things in order in our day. When we come into agreement with God on this issue of ownership, we begin to move ourselves into the position where we can be useful to the Kingdom -- we become trustworthy, or worthy of God's trust. We can then use God's resources the way He intends them to be used. We can do what it says in Malachi 3:10 and.bring all the tithes into the storehouse ., but we can also impact our nations for the Kingdom, by being fathers to the fatherless. We can help the widows and orphans, clothe the naked, heal the sick, become righteous business leaders who use God's resources to care for our employees, and government leaders who use their God-given influence for righteousness -- not personal gain.

 

In order to handle the resources of God, our hands must be clean and our hearts determined to fulfill the Kingdom work that we have been uniquely equipped to do. The Lord will teach us how to operate in the Kingdom Economy once we understand this basic premise of ownership.

  

Excerpts are from the book Secrets of the Kingdom Economy

by Paul L. Cuny, President of MarketPlace Leadership International

  

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"Revelation" Supersedes "Calculation" 

Finding Him in the Quiet Place 

Joshua 5:2-3 At that time the LORD said to Joshua, "Make for yourself flint knives and circumcise again the sons of Israel the second time." So Joshua made himself flint knives and circumcised the sons of Israel at Gibeath-haaraloth....

 

I have often considered the absurdity of these verses when put in the context of the events taking place at that time. After "wandering" around in the desert for 40 years under the leadership of Moses, the Israelites crossed the Jordan River under a new leader, Joshua. They marched to a place where the high walls of the impregnable city of Jericho were visible to the sons and daughters of Israel. Young warriors must have been sharpening their sword, their palms sweaty with the anticipation of their first battle in this new land of promise. Their leaders were likely gathered together planning the strategy of the attack.

 

Though the Bible does not say, it is reasonable to assume that Joshua, a man who was trained and mentored by "the friend of God," Moses, was alone seeking the Lord over the challenge that was set before him. In challenging times he was trained to go to the "Tent of Meeting." Any great leader cares for the well-being of those he leads, and Joshua was not different. In order for him to be God's appointed leader, Joshua had to exhibit the same care and concern that the Lord had for His people. The Lord's plan for the "assault" on Jericho had not yet been revealed, so this was a time of uncertainty. Since Joshua was a military commander and the leader of God's people, it is likely he was considering the cost in lives to make this first conquest in the Promised Land.

 

True Kingdom leaders, whether they are military commanders, government leaders, ministry heads, or middle managers in a corporate setting, have to position themselves to receive instruction and direction from their King. In times of crisis, God always has a plan that will produce success, as He defines success. He is never without a plan for any situation! Real leadership in His Kingdom means that leaders, often times, have to sequester themselves away from the many distractions of life and listen. When we do this, we find the wisdom and the strategies of God will be revealed to us.

 

One such leader who understood this principle was John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement. Historians credit Wesley with having a significant, transforming effect on the moral and cultural decay that was taking place in Great Britain in the 1700's. He was a man used by God to bring His transforming power to the people of a nation that was in decline. These transformed people, in turn, influenced the cultural fabric of the nation - the family, business, government, and ministry. Yet where did one man get these special qualities necessary to produce change like that?
 

Divine Visitations

 

John Wesley would spend from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. every day alone, in quiet communion with God, in worship, prayer and study of His Word. Wesley said, "Those that desire communion with God must keep their spirits quiet and serene. All hurry of spirit and turbulent passions make us unfit for divine visitations."1  Like Wesley, the power to transform, not only our personal lives, but organizations and nations, awaits us in the quiet place where we position ourselves for these "divine visitations!"    

 

Leaders Who Are Obedient and Committed

 

While the soldiers of Jericho were taunting these intruders from the parapet walls, the Lord spoke to His general and said "Circumcise your army." This command of the Lord would incapacitate the army for days, and seemingly place in jeopardy the women and children of the entire nation. It is also safe to assume that Joshua's "revelation" was probably not enthusiastically received by his leaders and those who were about to be circumcised to say nothing of the rest of the population of the nation. A quick "calculation" of the pros and cons would have provided some obvious conclusions.

 

However, the obedience and commitment of God's appointed leader in the face of opposition produced an astonishing result. Joshua 5:9 says, Then the LORD said to Joshua, 'Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.' So the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day . The very day the nation was circumcised, God removed the reproach, the taunts, the mockery, and the contempt of the Egyptians and the surrounding nations.

 

God's people had been viewed as irrelevant, an object of scorn and disdain, by the surrounding nations because of what appeared to be aimless wandering in the desert for 40 years. The Jews had no "king" like other nations. During those 40 years, they did not have "land" to call their own; they did not have farms and herds like everyone else. The Jews gave the appearance of an aimless group of nomads, somehow surviving in the desert by some mysterious sustenance that floated down from Heaven. Certainly, this group of wanderers could not be a threat to anyone.  

 

The "wandering" will always seem aimless to the scoffer. Sometimes it seems pointless to us, but God is always strategic in everything He does. If He has set you on a course, stay the course until He changes the course. Because of Joshua's obedience to this difficult command, God supernaturally removed this reproach from the entire nation, and the scorned now became the feared. It was not the victory at Jericho that caused the reproach to be rolled away; it was the circumcision before Jericho!

 

Revelation Supersedes Calculation

 

In the Kingdom Economy, "revelation" supersedes our "calculation." It does not eliminate the need for calculation, but when revelation comes, it takes the primary position in the decision making process. In Joshua's case, the "revelation" was absurd and beyond the boundaries of reason. It is important to understand what took place here. Joshua didn't circumcise because he thought God might be pleased. He positioned himself to hear the Lord at a critical time, and when God spoke, he obeyed a difficult command in the face of opposition. Joshua responded to what God said, he didn't ask God to respond to what he did.

 

In this Kingdom Economy, God's people will flourish in the days ahead by positioning themselves to hear the Lord and responding to His voice. He is preparing His people for a time when His Economy will be the dominant economy on the earth. There will be tribulation and challenges, but if we are to thrive, we will need His "revelation" to function.

 

Economic Downturns are Irrelevant to the Kingdom

 

Remember, the Kingdom Economy operates on a supernatural basis, so it is never susceptible to economic downturns. It is not supernatural for God's people to prosper in good times, because everyone can do that. For God's people to prosper when there are economic challenges everywhere is supernatural and that is where the Lord wants to bring His people. That is exactly how the Kingdom operates and that is also how we function in the Kingdom Economy.

 

I am not suggesting that good judgment, a high degree of organization, strategic planning, and excellence are not necessary in this Kingdom Economy. On the contrary, an even greater commitment to these things is required, because in this economic system, we represent the Lord in all things. When we choose to live in the Economy of the Kingdom, we conduct affairs with the Lord's involvement in our daily work life. Because this economic system functions by supernatural means, revelation is available and, in fact, expected. When we choose to operate by His principles, we are more able to control outcomes, rather than being victims of outcomes that others control. We can do this because we operate under His authority and we have been given permission to use that authority.

 

It is possible, and even expected, to manage people by the principles of the Bible. Leaders can lead, managers can manage, and workers can work, by the precepts of Scripture. This is living in the Economy of the Kingdom. You can expect to make investments by the voice of the Holy Spirit. You will make mistakes, but it won't be because God's knowledge of the investment is flawed, it will be because you didn't listen well enough or execute the timing necessary. You say this is too much? I've met people all over the globe who are doing this! You are too late in telling me it's too much.

 

We serve an all-knowing God who has known everything from before the beginning of time. If you are going to invest money based on a future return, whose knowledge of the future would you trust more, yours or God's? As we live our lives before Him in righteousness and holiness, as we honor the Lord and bring Him honor in all our dealings, and we position ourselves to listen to Him, we will open ourselves up to the wisdom of God in everything.

 

Let me be very clear here: the Lord has no obligation to bless sloppy business practices, just because we are believers. You can tithe and give offerings and go to church every time the doors are open, but if you lack integrity, if you do not pay your suppliers, if you oppress the wage earner who is in your employ, if you lack good judgment and planning, you will fail. If you are an employee and you do not give your employer an honest day's labor, you are not honoring God with your work. The grace of God covers many things, but it will not cover a lack of integrity in your business dealings and your treatment of people.

 

Of all people on the earth, God's people should have the best run businesses and operate in the highest standards of integrity, because we represent Jesus to the world. A well run, organized business can reach nations for the Gospel that are currently closed to missionaries. A poorly run business that lacks integrity brings reproach on us and the name of the Lord. Colossians 3:23-24 says, Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. We are to live in His Kingdom, not try to make Him live in ours.

 

God told Moses in Exodus 31:6. in the heart of all who are skillful, I have put skill. You carry the gifts and talents you have because God has given them to you. The word "sanctify" in Scripture means to make holy, to purify, to consecrate, render, or declare sacred or holy; to separate from things profane and dedicate to God.2  This definition implies action on the part of the one doing the sanctifying. This is the day for us to sanctify these gifts and talents for His use.

 

Unusual Gifts?

 

I have a friend named John, who was founder and chairman of the board of an emerging bank. John said, "God has given me a gift to start banks." This is a "gift" that will probably not be spoken about from pulpits on Sunday morning. It does not fit in the discussion about the "Five Fold Ministry" gifts. Yet this is a unique gift, given by the Lord for a specific purpose for His Kingdom. Some of you have a unique gifting for a specific purpose. You may not even recognize it as a gift from God. Yet God told Moses, and He is telling us today ".in the heart of all who are skillful, I have put skill."

 

John said he clearly heard the voice of the Lord speak one day to start a new bank based strictly on Kingdom principles. The Lord said the bank was to issue business loans by the direction of the Holy Spirit (revelation) and not necessarily by standard banking practices that determine financial strength, etc. (calculation). The loan committee would lay hands on the loan applications, pray and wait for the Holy Spirit to direct. Many times, they gave loans that did not make sense by standard banking practice. Yet each time they tried to follow the leading of the Spirit. They would provide funding for churches when other banks would not do so. Always this would be by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

 

I am not suggesting that John's bank ignored sound banking practice. They were thorough in their preparation and evaluation, and did not loan money to everyone, nor did they loan money to every church or every Christian with a business idea. They were led by the Holy Spirit first, and sound banking principles second. John was putting at risk the money of those who trusted him with their investment capital, and he took this responsibility very seriously. The bank started very small, yet it grew rapidly. Today, this bank is a significant force in the home mortgage business in our region, and John is off starting another bank.

 

In the Kingdom Economy, we have an obligation for thorough "calculation" because we work as His representative ". as for the Lord rather than men." Once again, however, "revelation" supersedes "calculation."

 

Conflicting Economies

 

In a worldly economic system, "calculation"-- what makes sense to the natural intellect, what shows on a balance sheet, or the profit and loss statement -- are the sole standard of measurement. Decisions are made and value assigned based on what is known, seen, and felt: the senses. Making a profit can be more important than the way you make the profit: the process. In the Kingdom, the process by which the profit is made is more important than the profit. Profitability is the goal of every business, and the Kingdom business is not different. God expects us to be profitable and He can show us how to be more profitable. However, He expects us, as His representatives, to honor commitments, to fully execute agreements with our clients even when it costs us to do so. I learned that in the Kingdom, when the process pleases God, the profit will follow.

 

"Revelation" will always be viewed with skepticism, suspicion and mockery in a worldly economic system. This system is driven by the demonic force Jesus spoke of called "mammon" (confidence in wealth or power; the spirit of avarice or greed). Jesus told us this system is in direct opposition to anything that God endorses. He said in Luke 16:13, No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. NKJV Both require service, but it is impossible to serve both. When we serve God, we serve Him as a bondservant, a willing servant. When we serve mammon we are driven by it. We must choose which one to serve.

 

Prosperity to Facilitate the Kingdom

 

It is important for us to be reminded that the Father sent His Son for people, not for prosperity. Prosperity is a by-product that comes with a purpose. This Kingdom Economy is being established to facilitate the redemption of mankind through the coming of His Son. God is beginning to release financial resource in the hands of those He can trust. We will be entrusted with varying degrees of financial resource because of God's sovereignty. Those with fewer resources do not need to feel guilty or unworthy and they cannot envy those with more.
 

Some are called to fund the "witty inventions" of the Lord - Last Days for-profit businesses that will generate great income for Kingdom strategies. Some men and women have the calling of "paymasters" for the Kingdom. I know people who have told me they know this is their "call." These Last Days marketplace leaders live in every nation. They quietly sit in congregations around the world. Once again, these men and women will never stand up on Sunday morning and "testify" about this calling. They quietly go about their work with no fanfare because their fulfillment comes from carrying out their role and pleasing the Lord, not from the accolades of men. These men and women have been tested and proved faithful. They can be trusted with God's resources; therefore He will give them His vision for His resources.

 

Some have experienced this increase, while some are in the testing process. One thing is certain. God will use a sanctified marketplace to fund His Last Days strategies. We must get ready for our place and exercise these sanctified gifts for the sanctified markets of the Kingdom Economy! His gifts, for His purposes, for His Kingdom!

 

Excerpt,Secrets of the Kingdom Economy, by Paul Cuny.  To purchase this book visit link to the right of this page, Faith and Work Resources.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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