Living In An Upside Down Economy

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

upside down houseOkay, this really isn't about money, although it will have an impact on your finances. When it comes to economics, macro or micro, I'm clueless. I can balance a checkbook and I understand a business financial report, but when it comes to the intricacies of how our world economy works, I confess that I am ignorant of many things. But one thing I do know - our economy doesn't work in God's economy. I'm not just talking about money, but the overall economy of life, how it all works. Isaiah 55:8 tells us that God's ways are higher than our ways, and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. God is not limited by economics, mathematics or time. For us, 2+2=4. That is a constant that never changes and our whole world is based on that truth. But in God's economy 2+2 might equal infinity because he is not limited by any equation or formula. The formula for calculating area is multiplying length times the width of an object. An object 2 feet wide by 2 feet long has an area of 4 square feet. Again, God is not limited by equations, so that same object could come out to be ten times that much if he wants it to. This is what I refer to an "Upside-Down Economy." The way things work in his dimension is "upside-down" in our dimension. To live as a follower of Christ requires that I live upside-down. If I have $1000.00 in bills but only get $500.00 in income, God is not limited by simple mathematics. He can make that $500.00 take care of $1000.00 in expenses in a blink of an eye. If you are down to your last gallon of gas and have no money left, God can make your car get 100 miles to the gallon. It's nothing to him because he is not limited to the mechanics of your car. I know, because he has done that for me on more than one occasion. Here are 2 basic things we need to turn upside-down in life to be in alignment with God's economy.

#1 - Change your thinking. 1 Corinthians 3:19 says, "The wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight." God's wisdom is backwards from ours. The way he thinks doesn't make sense to us. If we want to be wise in God's eyes, we have to change the way we think. We have to think like him now. Two plus two might not add up to four anymore. Our thinking limits us but God's thinking taps us into unlimited potential.

#2 - Change your heart. We are taught that if you want to be considered great you have to be the best, that nice guys finish last, it's kill or be killed. But that is upside down from the way God defines greatness. Mark 9:35 says, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” In God's economy, humility and servanthood are the ideal. You become great by becoming last.

This is living in an "Upside Down Economy." We have to literally turn our way of thinking and understanding upside down. If it makes sense to us, chances are it doesn't make sense to God's way of thinking. This is the ultimate "new world economy" or perhaps "trickle down economics."

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