I love to watch the clouds in the sky during the day and in the brightness of the moon at night. Watching those clouds move is an illustration to me of how God is always on the move. He is continually working to change our circumstances and is always available to intervene in the affairs of mankind. Sometimes the clouds appear to be still, but if I watch long enough, I see their changing shapes, I notice them moving ever so slightly and silently. I would not even be aware of that movement if I was not focused intently on them. God is like this so much of the time. He is on the move in our circumstances. The landscape of our lives is constantly changing, and God is there, directing and guiding, even when we are unaware. The book of Psalms says it well, “Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters—a pathway no one knew was there!” (Psalm 77:19, NLT).
When I coined the word KingdomNomics, I was at the beginning of my own journey to articulate what I believe it means to set your sights on eternal significance. It is one thing to accomplish a great deal in this life. However, in all truthfulness, using the words of King Solomon, “It is all meaningless—like chasing the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14, NLT). We may accomplish great things in this world, but ultimately it is all perishable. After “chasing after the wind” in my own life, I discovered, as so many other people have, that something was missing in my life. There had to be more to life than just living for the moment. It wasn’t until I committed my life to Jesus Christ that I began to sense a greater purpose. In the early days of my life as a Jesus-follower, as I grew in my understanding of what it means to have a new life in Christ, I also learned that God wants us to think differently, to embrace his plan for our lives. He wants us to use everything he has blessed us with to further his kingdom, here on earth and for all eternity. Since that time, God has been moving in my life, sometimes in ways that I can see, sometimes almost imperceptibly.
My first book, KingdomNomics, was written out of a desire to share how each one of us can achieve significance that will echo into eternity by using all of the resources at our disposal. Making a difference that will last for all of eternity requires wise stewardship and intentional decisions regarding our time, talent, and treasure (the three Ts). Our lives are but a “loaf of time.” Each day shortens our individual loaf by one “slice.” Since the actual length of life is uncertain and no one knows how large their loaf is, it is important that we maximize our lives with eternity in mind, making the most of every day that we are given by being wise stewards of those three Ts. Ecclesiastes 12:4 tells us, “Remember him [God] before the door to life’s opportunities is closed and the sound of work fades” (NLT). The opportunities before us will eventually end, we must take full advantage of them while they are before us.
In the second KingdomNomics book, Converterlator, I identified various ways we can transform each day’s opportunities into eternal treasure. Each one of us has choices to make regarding our resources, and what we choose to do is determined by how much of God’s Word we have working in our lives. When we choose to become a Converterlator, we become an agent of change, an agent who invests the temporary items of this world, including our time, talent, and treasure, in the imperishable values and goals of the kingdom of God. This investment affects our lives now and creates a lasting impact that stretches into eternity.
The third KingdomNomics book, Son Power discusses the ways God generates the power for your impact on eternity. All believers have Son Power available to them. This power is found in the work of the Holy Spirit because of the Son’s incredible sacrifice. As Christ takes up residence in a believer’s life, he becomes a conduit for the empowering of the Holy Spirit. This power flows freely when you live a life that is in harmony with his revealed will. And because the Son’s power is eternal, it is this power that we vitally need to accomplish all that God has for us. We must avoid the mistake of trusting in our own limited power to accomplish God’s purposes and instead trust in the eternal power of the Holy Spirit.
When we allow Son Power to work in and through us, our lives, desires, and accomplishments will be transformed. Son Power is all about how God, through his power working in you, is generating an impact for eternity. As we experience Son Power, we go beyond a head knowledge of God and actually experience his Word personally operating in our lives through the work of the Holy Spirt. God wants each one of us to be a “doer” of the Word, not simply a “hearer” of the Word (see James 1:22). He desires that each one of us bear fruit for eternity as we serve him in the newness of the Holy Spirit.
One of my favorite verses is 2 Peter 1:19, “You must pay close attention to what they [the prophets] wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star [Jesus] shines in your hearts” (NLT). I believe that God’s goal is for each one of us to have “Christ, the Morning Star” rise up in our hearts in a manner that progressively overcomes the self-willed life. Only Christ can overcome the grip that sin has on us. Only Christ can empower us to make a difference for eternity.
Philippians 2:13 says, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (NLT). Experiencing God’s power will put you on the pathway to achieving a life that is hidden in Christ (see Colossians 3:3), a life that leads to not only a full and abundant life now, but also accomplishes an echo into eternity. The Son-powered life enables us to not only experience the very nature of God now, accomplishing all that he desires for us here on earth, but also empowers us to look forward confidently to the rewards that we will experience in heaven.
In what ways are you currently experiencing God, through the Holy Spirit, working in and through your life?