When it comes to currency (money), there are usually three ways folks relate to currency. People are usually hoarders, frivolous spenders, or investors. Chances are, you may resonate with one or more of these three tendencies. I’d like to invite you to take a few minutes to think about some of these things and see the reality of life in the kingdom of God to which they point. Please understand that this post is really not about money.
For many, the excessive drive to save currency (money) is really just hoarding under the guise of being financially responsible. Many who feel the need to continually stash money away do it out of a need to feel secure. Those who have a tendency toward this kind of thinking feel pain and anxiety when purchases have to be made, or when their money is spent by others. People with a tendency to hoard have often come from lack or poverty in their past. Hoarding (saving) is a way to protect themselves from reliving that pain. Hoarding is rooted in fear.
On the other end of the currency spectrum are those who engage in frivolous spending. Those who have this tendency don’t seem to understand the value of their currency. They spend money anywhere and everywhere without thoughtfulness or regard. When compared to those who hoard, frivolous spending can look like freedom, yet it often leads to shallow and pointless living.
I have always been intrigued by the concept of investing. Those who invest their currency don’t seem to fit into the fear based ‘hoarding’ box. They are not afraid to spend money as investing certainly requires spending, and there is risk of loss involved. Many investors can tell you about painful losses they have acquired along the way. They can also tell you about great profit and reward as well. Good investors seem to understand the value of currency. They choose what they invest in with careful attention. Hope of the future propels the investor to spend their valuable currency in the present, and patiently sustains them in the wait for their investment to mature.
As I mentioned earlier in this post, I’m not interested in talking about the currency that we commonly think of that contains the image of a man on it. I’m really talking about the currency that bears the image of God. Human currency in mankind’s kingdom is simply a shadow of the divine currency in the kingdom of God.
In the kingdom of God, the only currency is love.
Without this currency, there can be no true exchange of vital life supply among one another. Counterfeit currency is easily spotted by those who live in this heavenly kingdom. The good news is this…
We are tremendously wealthy!
We have been given an abundant supply of wealth in this kingdom. This rich kingdom is within us. This kingdom is love. This kingdom is a person (Jesus Christ). Because we have an abundant supply of this heavenly currency, hoarding (saving) is no longer a ‘responsible’ or wise way of life. Thankfully, we never have to worry about running out of currency in the kingdom of God. The supply is endless.
This is where things get sticky, however. Relationship is the vehicle in which this currency is exchanged in the kingdom of God. For those of us who fear intimate relationships due to past hurts, mistakes, losses, and betrayals, the fear of loss which leads to the hoarding of our love is a real temptation and challenge to overcome.
I am finding that it truly takes a revelation of the reality of our abundant supply of indwelling love to be set free of the fear that leads to hoarding. A ‘hoarding’ mentality leads to what I call relational retardation. In the house that the Lord is building, however, it is in the context of personal relationship that the living stones are truly fit together. The need for this to be understood has never been greater.
In addition to hoarding, frivolous spending is also not an acceptable way of life in the kingdom as well. The currency we have been entrusted with is not cheap. This currency of love is of infinite worth and was freely given to us at great cost by the One who gave to us. Although Jesus loves the whole world, He never marketed His love to the masses the way the religious system of mankind continually seeks to do. His love is too precious to be standing on every street corner out in the open. He conceals that which is of worth in His kingdom to be found by only those with the most hunger to discover His love.
Jesus understood this clearly, and this is why He bluntly warned us to not cast our pearls before swine in a frivolous way. Not only will they reject the treasures of His love, they will ravenously turn on us and tear us to pieces. Many of you reading this are all too aware of this reality.
In the kingdom of God, investing our currency of love in the specific relationships that the Lord gives to us is the only acceptable way to live. This is the house He is building. Unlike relationships rooted in the flesh, we don’t have to strive to make these relationships happen. We simply have to recognize the relationships that He has given to us and freely walk in them sharing and receiving the currency of His extravagant love where the doors to relate in this way are open. We can do no more, and should do no less.
Loving like this is certainly not for the faint of heart, and is not something the world can grasp. Nevertheless, I am convinced that the heavenly kingdom breaks into our present reality when we freely invest this heavenly currency into the relationships the Lord has given to us.
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