Every economic system has a foundation – basic guiding principles that it is based on. God’s economy is no different.
God’s economy is based on the principle of inheritance.
Let’s look at a couple of relevant scriptures:
“Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession” (Ps 2:8).
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Eph 1:18).
I could go on and on listing verses about the principle of inheritance. For now, I’ll leave that Bible study to you.
The point here is that Jesus was promised an inheritance by His Heavenly Father. That inheritance is you and I. We are both His possession and His inheritance.
To function well in Heaven’s economy, we must recognize that Jesus Christ is the true owner. Next, we must align ourselves with His will – His purpose – on the earth.
For example, let’s look at Jesus’ own words:
“You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:3-4).
There are two interesting concepts here that we must understand:
- When we pray or believe God for something, He looks at our motives before answering. Jesus makes it clear that prayers with wrong motives are never fulfilled.
- When our motives are wrong, it has to do with fulfilling our own pleasures or lusts.
These are critical keys to functioning in God’s economy. God will never release His blessing unless it lines up with His eternal purpose – Jesus’ inheritance. Jesus Himself never desired a worldly thing when He lived on the earth – unless it had its fulfillment in His inheritance.