Consumers vs. Producers
Our economy depends upon both consumers and producers, meaning we need people to make stuff and people to buy the stuff that is made. We are all consumers at some level and producers at some level.
Think about it - some people are, by nature or by choice, people who tend to create things. Artists are creators. Entrepreneurs are creators. Salespeople are creators.
Creators are people who make something when previously there was nothing. Life is not a zero sum game, meaning wherever someone gains another loses. Creators know that and they don't merely redistribute value and resources; they make more.
Jesus is a creator. Sure, at times when He was on earth He was an economic consumer, buying sandals and a glass of wine and some food here and there. I am sure He bought tools for his carpentry business.
But Jesus was a creator of epic proportions. He spent His time investing in others, healing people, and ultimately creating eternal freedom for sinners like me. Jesus' primary disposition was that of a creator and an innovator, a healer and friend.
It is not abnormal for someone today to be almost purely a consumer. What can this job offer me so I can do the minimum amount of work so I don't get fired so I can consume media on the way home to consume more media once I get home? These folks merely consume resources and while a consumer mentality is not virtuous, we do need these folks to consume what others produce.
The difference makers throughout history were producers. Think the Wright Brothers. Martin Luther King. Mother Theresa...(trump card) Jesus.
I believe that God calls us to be producers in Genesis 1 with the blessing/command to be fruitful and multiply and have dominion over the earth. As a producer, we get to not only see God moving up close but we also get to reflect God's gloriously creative nature.