Pretty much everybody agrees Jesus had a preferential option for the poor. Maybe not as widely accepted, He was very much against the economic systems that produced the poor.
What does a God-honoring life look like? In our materialistic culture, the competition for our desires is intense. Our flesh cries out for security-security in things that can be seen. As financial planners, we have a tendency to rely on our spreadsheets for proof that we have the future nailed down. We fool ourselves and I am afraid God laughs at us. The variables that we know, in conjunction more so with the mind of God that we do not know, make any certainty with respect to the future an illusion.
We act as if we live in a world of scarcity, though God has promised abundance. Drawing heavily on the work of Ched Myers and Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries, and our experience in the financial planning industry, we have developed an imperfect process to help one examine and order his resources in a God honoring way. The process is designed to lead one to his unique vision by examining seven areas as noted in the diagram:
Similar to the spiritual disciplines, this process is meant to provide space for one to hear the Holy Spirit. By no means is it meant to be another set of rules for righteousness, though structure and accountability can be helpful in pursuing a God honoring life.
Stewardship Coaching is presently offered as an adjunct to our normal financial planning process (see our Services).
If we are to grow up spiritually, if we are to become who we were created to become, we need structures in our lives in which we are held accountable to that becoming. We need people in our lives who will hold us to the commitments that keep us in the process of growing spiritually. Again, spiritual practices like prayer, sharing of resources and being with the suffering and excluded have no power in themselves to heal and transform. These practices merely keep us in the process of growing up spiritually. Spiritual practices are what keep the doors of our hearts open to the power of the Spirit of God. That Spirit does the healing and transforming.
For further discussion of this topic, please see our paper entitled
Tale of Two Kingdoms.
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