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Thursday, May 3rd, '18

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IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID

"...a dispensation has been committed unto me" (1 Corinthians 9:17)

 

I'm not calling anyone stupid. That's just a line that political hacks always quote. But if you wish to know what made Paul tick, it really was the economy. Why did he suffer shipwreck, beating, sleepless nights, tired aching bones and finally beheading by a Roman axe? It's the economy, stupid. He said a "dispensation of the grace of God" had been given to him (Ephesians 3:2). Dispensation comes from the Greek word oikonomos (Oiko - house, Nomos - management). He was given house management over the ministry to the Gentiles. As "Moses was faithful in all his house" (Hebrews 3:5), so Paul was also faithful. The word is also translated as "stewardship". Ownership is God's, stewardship is ours. Having gone through years of change Oiko eventually morphed to Eco and Nomma (numbering, ordering of numbers, management) became nomics. So in our language the word translates as economics. Paul studied "Home-Ec". He was accountable to the Gospel, a wise economist of the truths and treasures of God's word.

 

You too have been committed a trust. You are responsible and therefore accountable. Whether your house-management, your "economy" covers a family, a business, a church, an arch-diocese or just the management of your own soul, you must live an economical life. It is defined in the dictionary as "a careful, thrifty management of resources, such as money, material or labor...an orderly functional arrangement of parts, an orderly system..." Paul brought order to his world. We must too, ordering our minds, monies, minutes, ministries, marriages, etc. Notice, this dispensation or economy was "committed" to Paul. God grants a trust to those He trusts. A sacred trust requires responsive trustworthiness. "O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust..." (1 Timothy 6:20)

 

Paul didn't ask for this ministry and dispensation. He said in our text scripture that it was given "against my will". He was happily busy imprisoning Christians when the blinding light of Jesus arrested him on the Damascus road and adjusted his attitude. But once commissioned by Christ he could never look back. The responsibility was a constant pressure, "...for necessity is laid on me; yea, woe is me if I preach not the gospel!" (1 Corinthians 9:16) The whole economy was on his shoulders, "laid" on him like a heavy cross. A judgment bound man preaching to judgment bound men, he lived every day fulfilling that "necessity", in light of the coming Day, the Judgment. It is the economy, stupid. Your life purpose is to take your talent or talents and put them to economical industrious use. Paul reported that the grace given to him "was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all..." (1 Corinthians 15:10) He didn't waste his economy, neglect it or forfeit it. He put it to work, daily, faithfully, obediently, eagerly, joyfully. His "hitherto" was in order so his "henceforth" was without embarrassment - "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness..." (2 Timothy 4:8) Because of selfless labor Paul's "economy" was always looking good.


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