Jesus was known for meeting the needs of the people He taught. What is this country most in need of? Obviously a change, not the kind spoken of in political speeches and campaign ads, but the kind that takes hold of the soul of a nation and transforms it from the inside out.
From a practical standpoint, our economy is in dire need of restoration or actually a renewal. It needs to be made brand new again, rebooted, if you will, not just refreshed or restored – brought back to life. Actually, brought into a state of life that has not existed for quite some time.
As I discovered while writing the blog, Revival of a Different Kind, this is what many Christians are seeking God for all over this country as they pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. Whether knowingly, or unknowingly, they are praying for the “healing of our land” which refers to the land itself and the economic base which is created from it. But what if we did more than just pray?
So many of the miracles that Jesus did were economic in nature. These miracles were not about healing, casting out demons or raising the dead. They instead had a direct economic or monetary impact. Turning the water into wine at the Wedding at Cana was the first. It was a miracle of convenience really, not of necessity. He saved the servants who had to bring more wine, the time and the master of the house, the money to go elsewhere and buy more.
The Fish in the Nets 1 miracle is one of my favorites. It was Jesus’ introduction to Peter. Imagine being a professional fisherman, making your living off of your catch and spending an entire night out working the nets on your boat only to come up empty. When Jesus directed Peter to “…let down your nets for a catch…” Peter was probably not too happy. He did it anyway even though He didn’t know who Jesus was. As He pulled in his nets, there was so much fish in them that they began to rip and the boat began to sink. Peter had to call to his partners in another boat to come and help him and when they did, their boat began to sink as well. Imagine so much fish you could hardly pull them into shore with 2 boats and commercial nets! Peter was so overwhelmed by this financial blessing that he fell on his face before Jesus and said, “…depart from me, for I am a wicked man.” His kindness expressed through over-the-top economic abundance was the catalyst that empowered Peter’s conversion and ultimately his calling. (see Why Repent?)
What’s really amazing about the Fish in the Nets miracle, is that he did it again just before He ascended. Peter’s discipleship experience with Jesus was punctuated by the same miracle on two occasions. This miracle of provision the first time gave him the faith in God to obey immediately and follow Jesus. The second time, it gave him a fresh reminder of the calling on his life and birthed the first outreach of the early church (see Love and Breakfast).
Who can forget the feeding of the 5,000 or the feeding of the 4,000? Incredible miracles of supernatural abundance! For serious dramatic effect, what about the four-drachma coin in the fish’s mouth? Now that one was off the hook! Many of the other miracles that were not direct healings of people had profound economic undertones. Walking on water, for example, surely Jesus could’ve waited for a boat. A miracle of convenience or a demonstration of the access He has to pull down the perfection of heaven and see it manifest on earth?
So, back to the question: what if we did more than just pray? What if we went? The model that Jesus laid out for us through His life and ministry was one of meeting the needs (& in some cases the wants) of the people practically. Jesus went. He traveled around the countryside, demonstrating and teaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. As He did, a culture of access to the perfection of heaven formed around Him or what we would call a Kingdom Culture. In this culture, economic miracles were part and parcel along with healings, deliverances, and other demonstrations.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
The promise is clear – Go, and I will be with you always! So what are we waiting for? We have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead inside of us. He promised us that we would do “…greater things than I have done…” Might it just be time to step out?
What if we got a small band of radical warriors together, let’s call them “Economic Revivalists”, and we all hopped on a bus and drove around the country where God led us to go. Like one giant treasure hunt! We would ask for divine appointments and seek out opportunities to pray for individuals on the verge of foreclosure, churches on the edge of bankruptcy, businesses that needed more cash-flow, projects looking for funding, cities with budget deficits and even this country that needs a balanced budget and a huge amount of debt restructuring (or forgiveness). Imagine the miracles we would see, how fast the word would spread and what God will do with the bold willingness of a few.
The needs of this country, of our land, is real and evident in any newspaper. Let’s take the message of God’s incredible love, grace and rescuing heart of compassion to the so many in need! Can we not show America and ultimately the world that our God is greater than any challenge, whether sickness and disease, or economic recession and collapse? May we be so bold as to carry THIS message at THIS time to a lost and dying world and demonstrate in the most practical of ways the power and love of God in an economic way through the personal, regional, and global expansion of God’s kingdom through His manifest presence.
Who’s with me?
Go pack a small overnight bag, I’m looking into the bus…