Return on investment – Part 2
Investment in the corporate world is the action of investing money for a profit, whether it be a savings account, retirement annuity, stocks or property. This, of course, has nothing or very little to do with generosity. It is mostly for your own financial growth.
Investment in the Kingdom could also mean financial growth but the difference is that the intent is to grow the Kingdom and not your own wealth. Now I want to ask two very important questions: “Why do we give and What do we give?”
I would submit to you that we give because:
God loved the world so much HE GAVE…
In the most famous verse in the Bible we find two fascinating truths:
God is love and God is generous.
And He made us in His very likeness which means that once we are regenerated we also have the capability to love and be generous. So we give because He gave.
What do we give?
We give what we have! God will never require us to give something we don’t have to give. He always works with what is immediately available.
A couple of examples in the Bible is:
- Moses’ staff in the book of Exodus
- The widow’s jar of oil
- The 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread
- Mud and spit in a man’s eyes, etc.
22 “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”
Leviticus 23:22 (ESV)
It is interesting to note that it is because of this commandment that Ruth and Boaz met when she was gleaning some of the edges. The principle here is that God wants us to be the opposite of greedy. He wants us to be generous with what we have.
All of us have some edges in our field of finances, time and skill. I want to take those three areas specifically and share a testimony linked to each area.
7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7 (ESV)
Besides giving the tithe to our local church, as part of our worship toward God, we are encouraged to give additional offerings to the work of God in the Kingdom.
I like to give to where I see God is moving. Last year I felt compelled to give to a mission organisation we were part of in Jeffrey’s Bay who were busy building a school.
But I felt God wanted to give seed rather than just bread. In other words, a multiplication of finance. So I had R1500 I could give and I spoke to my friend who was running their social media. I told him I want to give this money, but it must be allocated to a social media fundraising campaign. It was and it returned over R 15 000. The seed multiplied ten fold!
Time is a precious commodity that is very limited for everyone. One could argue that it is even a greater gift than money since your physical presence can accomplish much more than mere consumables! Last year I felt compelled to host a boys camp for some high school guys in Kareedouw. It took about a week of my time to organise and host the camp with 15 other leaders who were part of the camp.
We called it “The Great Outdoors Camp”. Every single one of the 20 boys who were there committed their life to the Lord. We spoke about Eternity, Media influences, the Father heart of God and Sexual purity. They were challenged and changed. Besides the amazing outcome of the camp I still lost a week of my struggling startup business and didn’t know how I was going to make ends meet.
But that very Monday after the camp I got a phone call from a random person who had landed on our website and she ordered a new website and monthly retainer for 6 months. It was more than I could accomplish had I done extensive marketing that week.
2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.
Psalms 127:2 (NIV)
Lastly what you can give is what you know. To teach a skill is such an easy way to disciple someone. There is really such a lack of fathering in our country and one of the roles of the father is to teach skills to his children.
But we’re obviously limited in our abilities so we need others to mentor us and train us in the way we should go. My brother-in-law has such a creative concept of sharing your skill. He did his masters degree in applied maths. So he’s a genius when it comes to programming maths in particular.
He decided to approach a school where maths as a subject is not doing so good. Then he volunteered to teach extra classes to specifically assist students who cannot afford to go to University, to gain some practical programming knowledge.
Imagine if all Christians would give a tithe of their time to train an apprentice in their trade.
Like I say, we all have some edges in our field that are ripe for the picking. Let’s invite the less fortunate to come and harvest some of our fruit.