Here at Jesus' Economy, we believe that together we can make the world a better place. For that reason, our team regularly provides free, long-form articles on how you can live for Jesus each and everyday. And 2019 was no exception ...
2019 was a big year of content at JesusEconomy.org. In January of 2019 we released a project that had been years in the making: the book, Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change. We were absolutely honored that it was endorsed by Christian leaders from around the world. With the book's release came a series of content on the biblical view of poverty. This turned out to be some of our most popular content of 2019. You were also big fans of some of our other practical, "Living for Jesus" content. Together, we were inspired to make the world a better place.
Our fifth most popular essay published in 2019 comes to us from the series, "How to Authentically Live as a Christian: Paul's Letter to Titus." This essay highlights that among Christians in America, there is often a separation between what happens in church and the rest of life. The church building walls function like a boundary between our Christianity and the outside world. But that’s not the way things should be. Here are three ways to be a model for Jesus, in all spheres of life. Read: "3 Ways to Be a Model for Jesus in All Spheres of Life."
The Gospel of Luke says that Jesus had "nowhere to lay his head." For his primary years in ministry, Jesus was essentially homeless. He depended completely on the hospitality of other people. In Jesus' experience of poverty, we can find the empathy needed to tackle poverty. Read: "Homeless Jesus Teaches Us a Profound Lesson about Poverty."
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This proverb is a good start, but ultimately inadequate. We must do more than just feed the poor and teach them how to put food on the table. We must empower the impoverished to transform their communities. Read: "We Can Do Better Than 'Teach a Man to Fish.'"
How are your New Year's resolutions going? If not well, we've got some better options for you. In this article, we've listed 10 ways to live for Jesus and they're not as cliche as you think. The popularity of this article by our always practical editor-in-chief, Kayli Thompson, shows how many of you were looking for practical tips on following Jesus. And the encouraging feedback we received from this article was incredible. Here in 2020, this article's advice is just as applicable. Read: "10 Ways to Live for Jesus in 2019."
This article, which clocks in at the number one most popular piece of long-form content published on the Jesus' Economy in Action blog in 2019, represents an important but often forgotten bit of theology. Why would God come into the world as a man in poverty? How was Jesus poor and why did he become poor? Paul the apostle tells us that Jesus became poor for the sake of the world. The implications of this for our lives cannot be overstated. Read more in "How Was Jesus Poor? Why Was Jesus Poor?"
In this brand-new article, we reflect on how to think about the past decade and coming one from a Christian perspective. As we say goodbye to a decade, it's easy to look back with grief and regret. We think of all that could have been and all the pain of recent. It may seem audacious to say now, but if I've learned anything about God, it's that he is a master of redemption. And in God's redemption, we can find hope in 2020. Here's how. Read: "How to Redeem 2019 & Find Hope in 2020."