People And Money: 5 Types Of Players –Part 3
– by Brett Johnson
In the first part of this article I outlined four types of people when it comes to the matter of money, and in the second part we looked at the battles each of them fights: Planners fight disorder, debt, and comparison. Pilgrims fight the urge to go back to the predictable. Planters fight the pride of life and the tendency to think, ‘I made this wealth myself, and it is mine to enjoy’. Platform-reformers fight the fear of facing giants, not knowing if they can be beaten in their lifetime.
The psalmist records a conversation in Heaven between the Father and Son. Psalm 110:3 says: “Your people will come as volunteers that day; they will be a sight to see: on that day, you will lead your army, noble in their holiness. As the new day dawns and dew settles on the grass, your young volunteers will make their way to you.”
When transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of light, we became soldiers in an army, not just citizens of a future-coming Kingdom. Kingdom economics is a now thing that demands bold action. Know your grouping, and pick a fight. Tackle personal debt, curtail greedy expenditure, become a hilarious giver, store seed for planting and plant well. Then pick a fight with a system, not just a personal inconvenience (like not enough money for your wants).
Let Jonathan and his armour bearer be a model
Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands.” So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.” The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armour-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.” So Jonathan said to his armour-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel.”
Note how Jonathan took the odds-against-them situation as an indication of God’s leading: “But if they say, ‘Come up to us’…” We too often see financial opposition as in indicator that we should quit the fight and go home.
Which group are you in?
There is, perhaps, a fifth category: Plunderers. These are people who use economic systems, specifically banking and finance, to plunder people, corporations, and nations. They make onerous loans, promise exorbitant returns, hold onto what is not rightfully theirs, and enslave others either through the promise of wealth or the reality of debt. It is the job of Platform-reformers to take on the Plunderers, even though the odds do not look good.
Back to the 15 minutes with Jesus. Before you start asking God for financial tips, riches or prosperity, you might want to ask yourself, “What group am I in today? What is my current battle, and how am I doing? Is the Lord calling me into a new financial fight? Am I willing to go there?” Listen, decide, then frame your questions: 15 minutes goes quickly.
JOY! Magazine (May 2018)