Practicing the King’s Economy

Practicing the King's Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and GivePracticing the King’s Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give by Michael Rhodes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of the book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Practicing the King’s Economy is a book that explores the Biblical concepts of economy through “keys”from Scripture. Each key is assigned a chapter to explain it (using Scripture) and then a follow up chapter with real world application for self, church, and business.

The keys are worship, community, work, equity, creation care, and rest.

This book took a couple weeks to wade through. I recommend no more than one key a day because reading and processing will keep your mind on the chapter beyond the time you finish reading. The authors are humble in their suggestions knowing that how these keys are applied may look different for everyone. The book is encouraging and convicting. You won’t look at life in the western world the same way after finishing it, unless you’ve already gone through a self-examination of how God intended for us to live as a society. If you have, the examples and creative applications are still worth the read.

The authorship of the book (there are three authors) is not confusing – each chapter/key is written by only one, though the keys and stories intertwine.

I was surprised by the depth of the book and by how truly thought provoking it was. I highly recommend it to church and ministry leaders. I know it will inform my own ministry a great deal in the future.

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Especially hurting

Suffering had a beginning and will have an end.

Church is a safe place but it isn’t. Elementary schools are a safe place, but they aren’t. We can’t even feel secure in our families – they are broken as well. There’s no place that isn’t broken, no place that is safe. No haven on this earth can protect us. That cloud above us of despair is overwhelming, and I have no idea how a person can get through a day of this without the hope of Jesus Christ.

but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame,

Suffering produces endurance, gives us perspective on our momentary troubles and afflictions. That endurance in turn refines our character. As we endure suffering and gain perspective, we are drawn to Christ-likeness. We don’t look for the healing of our hurt, we look to the healer Himself. That is how we hope. Hope that the suffering is temporary – that we grieve here on earth because we know and long for the redeemed world we’ve been promised.

“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

As we try to numb the pain and suffering, we miss the truth of God spoken to us. Shouted at us. We don’t always like what we hear. We certainly don’t like the way the message is delivered. When we close our hearts to the message, we miss the blessing. If the suffering is to have a purpose, we must allow God to speak to us through it. We must endure. We must continually seek sanctification. And we must cling to hope.