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Wise Decision-Making in God’s Economy

Written by Ed Stetzer on . Posted in Ed Stetzer

How do we know that we are pleasing God in all that we do?

Who will be our next president? It’s a question that is on everyone’s mind. In light of the upcoming presidential election, economic questions like, “Should we trade with China?” or “How do we pay for our debt?” are swirling in the minds of Americans.

Questions like these are important, but they are also overwhelming and seem to best belong with pundits and academics. The reality is, the average American has little impact on the economic policies that answer these questions. The way we affect change is far more micro than macro. It starts with everyday questions like, “How should I spend my time?” or “What job should I take?”

The futures of our families, churches, communities, and nation are grounded in our personal responsibility to make decisions that please God. From “What should I eat for breakfast” to “What ministry at church should I volunteer for?”, our responsibility as Christians is to be obedient to God’s desires in everything that we do.

As believers in Christ, we strive to hear the blessing of our Father, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt. 25:21). The question is, how do we do that? How do we know that we are pleasing God in all that we do? How can we make God-pleasing decisions, both big and small?

Applying the economic way of thinking helps us be wise and prudent in our decision making. Thinking economically helps us steward all of our resources—time, treasure, talent—to the glory of God.

The economic way of thinking forces us to evaluate the costs of all of our choices and thus be good stewards. When we utilize this way of thinking in our own lives, we are ...

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