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Investing in Kingdom Principles, Reaping Eternal Rewards
There are so many investment strategies of who, what, where, when, and how that our heads can spin from all the potential glory of what we dream we can achieve. With so many experts in different areas, it is easy to glean off of their knowledge and experience to become just like them. No matter which way we look at it, everyone wants a piece of the big economic pie. In the cycles of the economy, we often see the next big thing, but it is never permanent, it is always an ever changing entity. The flavour of the economic pie is always changing from one type to another. Pumpkin changes to banana crème and then to lemon meringue. All the pies are really tasty and they get devoured up in no time. If you don’t act fast, you may not get seconds or none at all. It’s every man for himself, it’s dog-eat-dog before it’s all gone.
What if we lived in a place where the economy stayed vibrant and robust and never slid into recession? It would be an exciting time; we would be consumed with wanting to invest more and more. The more we put in, the greater the return. Unfortunately in this world this is only a fairy tale and history has shown that the bliss is never permanent, only temporary. Often when economic disaster strikes, people become desperate; the walls of their monetary security comes tumbling down and from the dust, the locusts start feeding off whatever remains.
It is often humiliating and shameful to go from independent to dependent. Many have gone through the humiliation and embarrassment of one of their colleagues seeing them in line for welfare, food stamps or at the food bank? It is humiliating and heart breaking to have to rely on a charity or organization to supply your needs that you once handled quite well for yourself. The thriving job or business you once had is no longer viable. There is no more room for wants anymore, your needs have turned into desperation. The investment or economic spike that once was your security was only temporal, you didn’t see it coming and the collateral damage is too much to bear.
"Burning the candle at both ends."
THE GOOD NEWS
What if there was a way to invest into something where everyone gains and no one loses? I bet your saying, “I heard this pitch before at many a multi-level marketing meeting.” “It made my eyes gloss over of the very thought of sitting on a beach in a tropical paradise and sipping piña coladas while I accumulate residual income for the rest of my life.” Well, it is true, strangely enough what I am writing about is all included in this package. As you read on you may find some principles that are new or "unheard of."
The investment I am talking about here is much different and requires a different mindset (world-view), but reaps eternal rewards, dividends and has the best compensation plan one could imagine.
Does 10,000 percent return on investment sound good to you? You may be thinking, “Impossible, this guy is delusional”. “According to the economy we live in today, this is an impossibility!”
What I am going to do in this hub is try give you some (just the tip of the iceberg) eternal truths in order to help you with your eternal investments, but first we must explore what these investment truths actually mean and how they are applied to a new perspective of kingdom economics.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:21
Ask yourself these following questions:
- Is my focus on the temporal economic pie of this world or on eternal kingdom economics?
- Am I living a life “greedily” storing up for myself worldly investments or kingdom investments?
- Do I have ownership of over all that I have or does someone else?
- Am I an owner or a steward of all my wealth and possessions?
- Where is my true home?
- Am I a prosperous giver or a prosperous saver?
A 100 FOLD (10,000 %) INVESTMENT INCREASE EQUATION
I am going to use monetary currency as an example only to make it easier to understand from a mathematical perspective, but this principle goes way beyond that. We all have the ability and gifting from God to make an investment (sow) no matter where we are at in life.
Jim Baker, a famous TV evangelist who was interviewed from prison had this to say, “Its time to call from the pulpit be changed from who wants a life of pleasure and good things, new homes, cars, and material possessions to who will come forward to accept Jesus Christ and the fellowship of his suffering I have asked God to forgive me for preaching earthly prosperity.”
For years Jim Baker promoted the false teachings of worldly wealth instead of teaching the real eternal truths of investing into the kingdom of God. It wasn't till he went to prison that he was broken to this truth. Jim Baker chose worldly greed over eternal treasures.
100 fold = increase by a factor of 100 (10,000%)
I help a family out with a need they are not able to afford at the moment because they are going through a rough patch. $150.00
150.00 * 10,000% = 15,000.00, a hundred fold investment.
10,000% + eternal life = applying Biblical principles and sowing into the kingdom of God through the grace of Jesus Christ.
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. - Matthew 19:25
“When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done. “The first appeared, saying, ‘Master, your mina has made ten minas more.’ “And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.’ “The second came, saying, ‘Your mina, master, has made five minas.’ “And he said to him also, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ - Matthew 19:15-19
But they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. - Revelation 20:6
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ - Matthew 25:21, 23
ETERNAL LIFE/ IMMORTALITY
Who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good - Romans 2:6-7,10
TREASURES AND ETERNAL REWARDS
Are you eagerly moving towards storing up your eternal treasures in heaven?
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” - Matthew 19:21
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:20
Knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free. - Ephesians 6:8
Wealth here on earth is here one day and gone tomorrow whether we are still alive to see it fly away in front of our eyes, or when we die, not being able to take it with us.
U2 has a song, “Walk On” and the lyrics have some thematic insights on these kingdom principles.
ETERNAL OR TEMPORAL MINDSET
When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle that flies toward the heavens - Proverbs 23:5
Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury;for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.” - Mark 12:43-44
“Who has given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine. - Job 41:11
That in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. - 2 Corinthians 8:2
And they said to Moses, “The people are bringing much more than enough for the construction work which the LORD commanded us to perform.”So Moses issued a command, and a proclamation was circulated throughout the camp, saying, “Let no man or woman any longer perform work for the contributions of the sanctuary.” Thus the people were restrained from bringing any more.For the material they had was sufficient and more than enough for all the work, to perform it. - Exodus 36:5-7
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. - 2 Corinthians 8:9
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. - Galatians 6:8
“And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings. - Luke 16:9
At first glance this verse may be hard to understand, but in essence it means using our worldly money and possessions to help bring others to Jesus Christ so after we die, we receive a warm welcome and the reward of fellowship with our friends in heaven.
THE BOOK OF PROVERBS CHALLENGE
I encourage you to read the book of Proverbs, but from a perspective of thinking about money, possessions, and wealth. Underline what it says. Since there is thirty-one books in Proverbs, read one chapter a day for a month and underline these eternal truths. I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised and amazed at these insights of wisdom.
THE OPPOSITE APPROACH: Ecclesiastes 5:10-15
10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.
Showing the love of Jesus Christ to others will bring fulfillment, satisfaction and increase in our eternal investments. The more you have, the more you want to give, knowing that a 10,000 percent increase is so much better than what the world has to offer.
11 When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on?
When our genuine love and compassion for all people increases through the grace of Jesus Christ; simultaneously, our treasures in Heaven will increase also.
12 The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.
The work of expanding the kingdom of God can be tiring and afflicting, but the reward is so much more satisfying.
13 There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt.
The more one hoards, the more one loses. The more one accumulates in heaven, the more one gains.
14 When those riches were lost through a bad investment
Investing in eternity will never lead to misfortune. You will never have to worry about the saying, “The more you have, the more you have to lose.”
15 As he had come naked from his mother’s womb, so will he return as he came. He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand.
The fruit of our labor in the kingdom of God is sent on ahead and accumulates residual rewards.
These are but a few of many truths available in the word of God that have so amazing benefits, but it takes having a totally different perspective (kingdom) than the ones in the latest headlines.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again;and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." - Matthew 13:44
This verse sums up the most profound truth of all. The most rewarding treasure is available to everyone. Our spiritual lives and destiny are connected to our perspective on money, wealth and possessions. This is why Jesus emphasized it so much in the Bible. The fruit of the grace of Jesus Christ in our lives parallels that of our spiritual transformation which encompasses and demonstrates a change from a worldly perspective to a kingdom one. We don’t own anything really, but are stewards of all that God has given us. I encourage you to start digging for the truths that are available in God’s Word. Pick up your shovel, grab your treasure map, and set sail towards paradise.
Sipping piña coladas with friends and accumulating wealth is not a pipe dream, but very much a realistic and attainable goal, but it all comes from what perspective we choose to live by.
Considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. - Hebrews 11:26
- Probing the Prosperity Gospel
If we are heirs to the blessings of Abraham, and prosperity is part of the covenant, then why is it wrong to want financial blessing? What is wrong with the prosperity gospel?
- A False Perception of Blessing from God is Idolatry
We may lose our dependency on God in the very area of our lives that we are blessed in and take that blessing for granted.