Luke and The Lost
What is the best investment you ever made? How did it make you feel when it paid dividends beyond your wildest dreams? It was pretty amazing wasn’t it? Guess who likes it when we are wise with our investments in life and give the glory back to Him? Who gives us the means to invest in the first place? And while we are stretching our thinking, who does it all belong to, really?
What we have has been given to us from God to manage. How are we doing with what He has given us? Are we foolish or are we gratefully praying to be wise with the investment of the time, money, and assets He has provided? I ask myself this question often. It is good to stop and evaluate how we are doing, how we budget time and funds for greater good than just “getting by”. coasting from paycheck to paycheck on the journey here.
Our church invited a humorous but very direct financial adviser, Joe Sangl, founder of “I’m Was Broke, But Now I’m Not” to help everyone in the congregation understand how important it is to manage well what God has given to us …and DOUBLE it just like the story Jesus tells. Is this possible, we immediately wonder? Mm. What does Jesus say?
Luke 19, The Message
The Story About Investment
11 While he had their attention, and because they were getting close to Jerusalem by this time and expectation was building that God’s kingdom would appear any minute, he told this story:
12-13 “There was once a man descended from a royal house who needed to make a long trip back to headquarters to get authorization for his rule and then return. But first he called ten servants together, gave them each a sum of money, and instructed them, ‘Operate with this until I return.’
14 “But the citizens there hated him. So they sent a commission with a signed petition to oppose his rule: ‘We don’t want this man to rule us.’
15 “When he came back bringing the authorization of his rule, he called those ten servants to whom he had given the money to find out how they had done.
16 “The first said, ‘Master, I doubled your money.’
17 “He said, ‘Good servant! Great work! Because you’ve been trustworthy in this small job, I’m making you governor of ten towns.’
18 “The second said, ‘Master, I made a fifty percent profit on your money.’
19 “He said, ‘I’m putting you in charge of five towns.’
20-21 “The next servant said, ‘Master, here’s your money safe and sound. I kept it hidden in the cellar. To tell you the truth, I was a little afraid. I know you have high standards and hate sloppiness, and don’t suffer fools gladly.’
22-23 “He said, ‘You’re right that I don’t suffer fools gladly—and you’ve acted the fool! Why didn’t you at least invest the money in securities so I would have gotten a little interest on it?’
24 “Then he said to those standing there, ‘Take the money from him and give it to the servant who doubled my stake.’
25 “They said, ‘But Master, he already has double . . .’
26 “He said, ‘That’s what I mean: Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag.
27 “‘As for these enemies of mine who petitioned against my rule, clear them out of here. I don’t want to see their faces around here again.’”
Think about it…
–How safe are we playing it? Jesus is at the Headquarters, but will return soon. What will He say to us as managers?
–Do you dream? What are God’s dreams for you? Joe Sangl challenges us with using our imaginations beyond just coasting.
Being able to dream again – and make those dreams become
reality by learning to manage well
Paying ALL of your bills on-time and still have money left over!
Positioning yourself to pay cash for you child(ren)’s college
Making the decision to become a stay at home parent
Having a home – without a mortgage
Being able to work your dream job – even if it paid less money
Being able to invest more money then you’ve ever invested
–Go to www.iwbbnin.org for great help in moving from coasting to investing well with what God has given us.
–Get a coach to help you! We all need help!
–Investing is NOT financing what you do not have at an interest rate the sends you backward not forward.
–Many of us are like the third servant who play it safe and hang on to what little we have for fear that will be taken away. Where is our trust?
–Unfortunately, many Americans not only live from paycheck to paycheck, they also finance things they cannot possible pay back with the funds they have on hand. This is not investing.
–Where do we start? “Pay, then, what you owe them; pay them your personal and property taxes, and show respect and honor for them all” Paul advises. (Romans 13:7)
–The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. Proverbs
–Investment means waiting for the harvest. Be patient!
–God is an investor. See 2 Corinthians 9:8-11.
–Giving is investing. See 1 Timothy 6:17-19 Invest more to give more!
–There is no harvest if we do not invest. Mark 4:26-29; Exodus 36:6-7
–Before each purchase ask, “Is this a good investment?” “What do you want, Lord”?
Dear Heavenly Father,
We have not always managed well and wisely. We repent of this and ask for you to help us. NOthing is impossible with You helping us. Giving back a tenth of what is Yours in the first place seems so small but an opportunity for us to invest in your Kingdom work. Thank you. Help us to be the best managers possible of all You have given us to invest. Thank you, Lord, for this lesson in wisdom.
In Jesus Name, Amen