“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2:13, NLT)
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. 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.
Son Power is all about God generating the power for your impact on eternity. 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. When we allow Son Power to work in and through us, our lives, desires, and accomplishments will be transformed. 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. 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.
Honestly, is it truly your desire to accomplish all that God has for you here on earth and in heaven? Which of your resources are your currently investing in God’s purposes?
Son Power is all about how God, through the Holy Spirit’s power working in you, is generating an impact for eternity.
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