Sunday night my bride and I hosted a small group book study for the book Economy of Love, published by The House Studio. It was our first meeting and the discussion was lively, but a bit off-topic at times. The study is a challenge to look at our resources in terms of the Kingdom goals. How can our resources be used to further the Kingdom of God?
The initial wave of thoughts when I hear the words “further the Kingdom” are of building funds and faith promise giving. But, in the accompanying DVD video clips, we were presented with images of people living on the streets. Shayne Claiborne, presents a compelling argument:
And the incredible thing I think a lot of us have felt is, as we throw those questions up at God and we say, “God, why don’t you do something about the masses of our population that are living in poverty?” we felt God say, “I did do something. I made you.”
My friend, Jason, wrote a guest post on this site, called debt.to.love, where he asks,
What if I saw loving and serving those around me truly as my debt? What if this controlled what I could and could not do? Maybe I wouldn’t think I can say whatever I want when I want. Maybe I wouldn’t pass by the person in need, pretending I didn’t see them.
While I am not sure Jason was writing on the same issues that Shane Claiborne raises, the question is provocative, nonetheless.
Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8)
It would be amazing to surprise my bride with that amazing stainless steel refrigerator with the bottom freezer. It would be nice to complete the home theater that I’ve been piecing together for the past 10 years. It would be amazing to take my children on that European vacation that we’ve dreamed of. It would be nice to finally build that dream house.
What would be even more amazing is if one person living in the streets could sleep one night without a growling stomach because of a few dollars from my wallet, or a few minutes of my time.
I’m not saying it is bad to enjoy the blessings that God bestows on us. But I am starting to get a glimpse of a whole new perspective on these blessings, and it is extremely uncomfortable. I am forced to ask myself: “What am I doing with these blessings? Building my kingdom, or His Kingdom?”