Economics is usually a concerning topic. When we hear the word, we may think of the negative trends regarding inflation, the housing market, gas prices, and so on. These terms are just words, but what they represent carries a very real weight in the lives of the typical consumer.
Saying this, economics is such a tricky topic with some straight-forward and more elusive solutions. Not because money is hard to manage, but because economics is not necessarily about the money.
Economics is about quality of life. Upon listening to a series of lectures by Professor Edward Stuart of Northeastern Illinois University, I took a look into the works by famed free-trade enthusiasts such as Adam Smith and Milton Friedman.
The term and idea of economics, in a modern sense, derives from two Greek words: Oἶκος “Household” and νέμω “Management; Distribution.” It pertains to the intimate, ins-and-outs of a nation or groups of people and their well-being.
Money is simply a conduit to improve the quality of life of these people.
With this in mind, I couldn’t help but wonder about my own “Spiritual Economy.” By this I mean, how am I investing the currency of Scripture into my soul, therefore improving the quality of my inner man?
Am I suffering from an episode of inflation? Being puffed up beyond what the state of my faith shows, therefore discrediting my love (1 Corinthians 13:4)? God forbid.
Am I carefully watching my housing value? Not disregarding the Temple for the Spirit making my testimony a sellable asset for the Gospel (1 Corinthians 6:19)? Surely not, I pray the Lord forbid.
Am I in poverty, lacking in much? Not at all. God has paid everything for me, and I am rich in blessing (Ephesians 1:3; 7-8).
Although, I live to increase the GDP of souls unto Heaven, I know God’s GDP of grace to me as I fail is unlimited. Join me in this evaluation.