Building Wealth in the Land of the Clowns

by Andy Wood on November 6, 2008

in Five LV Laws, Life Currency, Money, Principle of Abundance

Isn’t it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.

Isn’t it bliss?
Don’t you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can’t move.
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.
-from “Send in the Clowns”

No, that’s not the theme song to the next installment of the U.S. Congress.  Then again…

Yesterday I introduced you to a group of Christ followers who were living in a world of mirrors.  The good people of Laodicea were living with the bling, but God had a different estimate of their true wealth.  And in His correction, He revealed some things about a completely different economy that is in operation all around us.  For review, here are the principles we looked at yesterday:

Principle #1:  The root nature of sin is a declaration of independence from God.

Principle #2:  God has a system of economy unlike the world’s system.

Principle #3:  “Economy” is the exchange of all the commodities of life.

Principle #4:  Money has a unique place in the commodities of life.

Principle #5:  It is possible to be rich in the world’s economy and bankrupt in God’s.

So here the scenery changes, and God has some encouraging things to say to His loveable losers:

Principle #6:  God wants us to be wealthy, according to His system of economy.
Lest you think that God is a cosmic killjoy, take another look at his heart toward these people:

“I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich.” (Revelation 3:18)

I’ll give you two chances to misread this.  First, you can get that gleam in your eye and fall back into the assumption this just means money.

Second, you can say in your best spiritual voice, “Yes, the Lord wants us to have spiritual riches in heaven.”  I’m sure he does.  But I’m not sure that’s what he’s saying here.  If “economy” is the exchange of all the commodities of life, then maybe God wants us to experience it all!  Not just toys and trinkets.  Not just invisible spiritual wealth.  All of it.

Principle #7:  We can only be wealthy in God’s eyes when God is the source of our wealth.
The focus of the Laodiceans was on themselves.  After a cold little wake-up call, God responds, “Let Me be your source.”

Jesus is echoing the sentiment of Solomon:  “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it” (Proverbs 10:22).  It’s more important that you’re blessed than that you’re financially prosperousI honestly don’t think God is nearly as concerned with how much money you have as he is how much of you that money has.

Principle #8:  God uses needs to teach us to trust in Him.
He has promised to meet all your needs, according to his riches in glory in Christ (Philippians 4:19).  In Psalm 50, God tells his people, “I don’t need your stuff.  I own the cattle on a thousand hills.”  He then invites us to call on him in the day of trouble (Psalm 50:10, 15).

Your need is evidence of God’s available provision.  Yes, it requires you to let go of your pride and self-sufficiency.  But all that ever got that bunch in Laodecia was an ugly encounter with a spiritual mirror.

Principle #9:  The way to receive God’s provision is to buy from God.
“I counsel you,” Jesus says, “to buy from me.”

Does that not strike you as odd?  How do people who are penniless buy anything from God?

Let me illustrate.  Suppose I want a gallon of milk.  I go to the grocery store, grab the goods and start to leave.  But before I can (legally) get out the door, I have to trade what I have (money) for what I want.  So what did these people have?

Their nothingness.

And that’s all God wanted.  He wanted them to exchange their nothingness for His provision, at their point of need.  Your declaration of need, combined with faith, brings all the resources of heaven to your situation.

Principle #10:  The practical way to buy from God is to give at your point of need.
Receiving in God’s economy is the result of giving. If you need money, give money.  If you need love or friendship, give love or friendship.  If you need more energy, you’ll get more by exercising (giving) than by sleeping it off.

There they are – the rules of God’s economy.  It sure is good to know we aren’t left to guess where the real wealth comes from.

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