Introduction: Jesus’ charge to His disciples of old is relevant now and always. His charge, “Occupy till I come,” which is to us to be busy in engaging our talents (Lk. 19:13), the great commandment, “a new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (Jn. 13:34) and the great commission, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matt. 28:19), all point to investing in the kingdom. God wants us to furnish His kingdom on earth (the church) with power and authority. He did not call us so that we can live for ourselves but to live for the kingdom, decorating the church with our talents, time and treasures. This study examines what we invest, the show of kingdom investment and the benefits of kingdom investment.
What do we invest/INVEST IN?
- We invest ourselves or the totality of our lives. 2 Cor. 8:5
- We invest in building God’s house and in developing ministry and service in God’s house. Neh. 3:1-end, Hag. 1:2-8, Lk. 21:1-3, Exo. 35:4-29.
- We must invest in supporting the shepherds that labour over our souls. It is humbling to recognize workers in the vineyard and support them meaningfully knowing that God will bless us exceedingly. I Cor. 9:11.
- We msut invest in building up our lives and those of others spiritually, physically, financially, etc, and invest in capacity building. Phil. 3:11, Gal. 1:14-17.
- We invest in mentoring the next generation of believers. Enlarge your parenting capabilities so that it will include other children who are not your biological children. God’s will is that we leave a lasting legacy in the lives of others. 2 Tim. 2:2.
What is involved in the investment
We can never stay neutral. We invest either of these two:
(i) Our time, talent, treasure and our gifts, graces and persons. 2 Tim. 2:1-4
(ii) Indifference, indolence, stinginess, selfishness and perverted character and lifestyle. Acts 5:1-9
It is unwise to invest in number (ii) above.
The hows of kingdom investment
- Purpose in your heart to live a life of purpose, a life that is greater than the mundane and mediocre things that people life for. Dan. 1:9, 2 Cor. 9:7.
- Refuse to confer with flesh and blood. This adamic nature is selfish, fearful and unwilling to take risks. Gal. 1:16
- Pray regularly for a bountiful heart and eyes. Prov. 22:9, Exo. 35:21, 36:2, 2 Chr. 36:22
- Trust God absolutely depending on His grace. Never observe the wind. Many in the church are observing the wind. Eccl. 11:4, 2 Cor. 9:8.
- Change your perspective regarding kingdom investment. Hag. 1:5,7. Consider your ways.
- Prioritise kingdom giving. Prov. 3:9, I Kgs. 17:9. Give God first.
- Be committed to giving much not to giving mites. Lk. 21:1-3, 2 Cor. 9:6. We may loose the blessing if what what we frequently see are the wrong slants of scriptural lessons.
- Receive wisdom to build reserves. Using divine wisdom in building reserves releases the graces which we can invest. Without the needed gems investment becomes a mirage. Prov. 24:3.
Benefits of kingdom Investment
- The wants of the saints and God’s house are supplied. Hag. 1:8
- We abound in every good work. 2 Cor. 9:8
- Our undisclosed needs are met as we invest. 2 Cor. 9:6-12
- It is a proof of our loyalty and submission to Christ’ mission. 2 Cor. 9:13
- We build a relationship of trust by our generousity as God’s contact point for the sustenance of His work. I Kgs. 17:9
- We become living examples that others can emulate. Mk. 14:9
- God multiplies the seed sown and leads us to our wealthy place. Ps. 66:12, Lk. 6:38
- God floods our hearts with joy, peace and satisfaction, when we realise the value we have added to others and ourselves by our investment. Lk. 10:17.
Conclusion: We need to daily grow in the grace of giving. “Therefore, as ye abound in everything …, see that ye abound in this grace also.” 2 Cor. 8:7. Giving more will help expand the kingdom more.