On April 14th, 2012, the Guest voices section in The Washington Post had an article entitled “A Jesus economy?” and it highlighted how both sides of the national legislators use the Bible to justify their vantage points.
But would we be able to consider Jesus to be an economist? Yes, Jesus used economic terms to teach Godly truths and virtues. The parable where Jesus tells that the worker who worked for the last one hour received the same wages as the one who had worked the whole day has been in contention amongst many, because they fail to see that the rewards earned were accordingly to the contract and are based on God’s grace and goodness and not necessarily on the quantity or quality of works (Matthew 20:1-16). When Jesus counsels, that one must render under Caesar (the ruler of his times) what was Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s (Mark 12:17), he was teaching that while honoring the law of the land, one must not fail to honor the laws of God and vice-versa. When Jesus saw the poor widow who cast her two mites into the treasury, he took time to recognize and praise her, for she gave out of her penury and she gave all her living and not as others do out of their abundance (Luke 21:1-4).
Points to ponder:
When it comes to Jesus The Economist, he expects us to give all of our life to him and he recognizes those that do. Have you given your life to Jesus? and if you have, have you given your ALL (all the living you have) to Jesus?
Luke 21:1-4 (KJV)
1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.