Fr. Nathan Baxter
In scripture, Repenting and Believing are meant to go together. So are Wisdom and Power.
True repentance involves a change of mind motivated by trust. The sort of believing that is commended and honored by God is always inclined toward repentance–toward those adjustments of heart and mind and action and attitude that flow from ongoing relationship with God.
The sort of wisdom that is “from above” (as James describes it in his epistle) involves godly power for creating peace and righteousness. The power that reflects God’s character and flows from his favor comes from Spirit-given wisdom.
This Sunday, we will be considering “Spiritual Capital”–the final and most valuable of the five forms of “Capital” that God entrusts to people.
Spiritual Capital involves “Wisdom and Power that come from hearing what God is saying and responding with faith and obedience” (Oikonomics p. 67). In other words, wisdom and power grow as we practice a life-style of repentance and trust in ongoing conversation with God.
Godly “wisdom is where knowledge and love kiss each other”–manifest in how God leads us to use relational and intellectual capital for Kingdom purposes. Godly power “is simply operating in Christ’s authority with his resources,”–manifest in opportunity-fitting stewardship of relevant physical, relational, intellectual, and financial capital(Oikonomics p. 68).
All Spiritual “Capital” has its source, center, and meaning in Christ Jesus, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). The Scriptures proclaim that, especially in his Cross-death, Christ Jesus is “the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:24)–the person in whom and by whom the Kingdom of God has come and is coming.
No wonder that Jesus’ regular call, exhortation, and encouragement was (and IS!): “The kingdom of God is here! Repent and believe this good news!”