So far, we’ve heard some very powerful truths
about investing and giving in the first Section of our Investing Challenge.
The concept that I am considered a rich person (and therefore am held accountable as one) and struggle with the issues of the rich hit me pretty hard. When I look at it that way, I realize how I squander the wealth God has given me, thinking all along that I really don’t have much, so it’s not a big deal how I use it.
Another point that struck me is how foolish we may look when we sow. This is a huge thing for me, because I fear man (which is a sin) and being thought of as foolish is hard for me to swallow. So it keeps me from sowing where God leads me to sow. This, coupled with the fact that we’re not just talking about money, really convicts me. When I think of how I use my time, it makes me do a double take at what’s important in my life, because if time is part of my treasure, then it’s pretty telling where my heart is, and it isn’t always with Jesus.
A well- illustrated concept was that while I may not see the treasures that are being stored up for me today, I can go on in faith, trusting that God is doing what He promises, and that He is a rewarder. I realized how key that eternal view is. Then, one point I really loved, was when the question was asked, “Why does God want us to give?” and the answer came back, “To draw us closer to Him.” That is amazing, and so true. God wants me in constant communion with Him, and when that fellowship is taking place, He has the opportunity to direct me and use me however He desires.
But now, we’re moving on to section number two:
What we can Invest.
We’ll be looking at two main resources that we can invest,
Time (through various ways), and of course money.
Here is our next list of verses underneath their respective categories.
II. What We Can Invest
In Prayer and Scripture:
I Timothy 2:1-2
Don’t forget that for our final section “How We Can Invest” we’re looking for your input on practical ways that we can invest, or stories of how God used your investment to bless someone, or used someone else’s investment to bless you! Send your thoughts, scriptures, or stories to [email protected] by the 21st of January!