Just had two great days in New England with Phil Chorlian (North Jersey Vineyard) and Vineyard Pastors from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont. We had some great discussions about planning our worship services, and seeing them as a way to reach out to those not connected to Jesus, discipling those who are following Jesus, and most importantly seeing Sunday morning worship as something we want to do as well as we can because it is an offering we are making to God. Looking forward to being back there in 4 weeks!
While I was travelling, obviously the economy was a pretty big part of some of the conversations. And for me, what it kept coming back to was this is not too big for God. I actually saw a clip this week where an economist was basically predicting life looking something like “Beyond Thunderdome.” But again, this is not too big for God. Now, while that might not mean life goes back to what it was before…A Money Party…but that might actually be a good thing. But regardless of where it goes, our focus is on Jesus.
Romans 12:2 says this: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Who do we listen to? Because whoever we listen to…whatever it is we fill our minds with will determine what we think…I can listen to the pundits and the “experts” as they tell us what to do…and in the end, be conformed to their thinking. If blatant greed and rampant materialism got us (corporately & individually) into this, is hoarding and greed and strategy that makes sense?
Or might generosity…living life with an open hand be a better way through this? As we go through our series on forgiveness we see that if we don’t forgive others, God does not forgive us…Is it then logical to assume that if I am greedy, God will in turn be generous to me?
I wouldn’t deny that some of this stuff sounds scary…but our options seem to be, throw ourselves at the mercy of the capitalistic system, and hope things turn around…or throw ourselves into the midst of God’s economy and see what happens.