Return on investment
I am in the marketing game and my job is to persuade people to take action. Did you know that all preachers are marketers too? The nice thing about their top seller product, salvation, is that the benefits are out of this world! Yet the price had been paid for you and you can just collect it across the storehouse. The generosity product on this Kingdom catalogue is a little harder to sell, but I’ll try my best by focussing on the return you get.
But let’s cut past all this marketing nonsense and get real.
All Truth is God’s truth.
Financial institutions speak of “return on investment” which is a corporate language for the Biblical truth of sowing and reaping – a spiritual principle as real as the law of gravity.
7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Galatians 6:7, 10 (ESV)
God is looking for sowers in His Kingdom. He will give it to you if He can get it through you. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (ESV) 10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way in order to be generous in every way…
Notice there are two groups of people God supplies to:
- The eaters – He gives them bread because He is a good Father.
- The sowers – He gives them seed to multiply the bread.
So I want to assure you that God does supply – in the smallest needs to the biggest desires! Don’t just take my word for it, take my testimony.
I will never forget a night just after graduated from University and decided to step out in ministry without financial security, I had a dream. I dreamed that God was leading me to a Kingdom ATM and gave me His bank card and said I could draw whatever I wanted. Then I awoke. I got up out of my bed and as a prophetic action, took my bank card, slipped it into my Bible and said, God, I draw money for a mission trip and a monthly salary. I felt the presence of God so strong on me as I did this and a gentle whisper telling me that I will never lack anything. Since that month I have always had a salary and I’ve been around the world three times on mission trips.
On one of those mission trips in Guatemala we sent our team out on a modern-day Luke 10 journey. Just like Jesus sent out His disciples two-by-two without any money, food or clothing, to preach the Kingdom coming. Petro and I felt we had to go to a small island in Belize.
We travelled about 3000km in four days without any money or luggage, but God supplied in all our needs. While we were on the island, we met with a local pastor and he drove us around. At one point he received a call and after speaking in Spanglish he turned around and stopped at a shop. It was a clothing shop and the lady said that as we drove past, she felt she wanted to give us free clothes. She had no idea who we were and that we didn’t have any spare clothes!
A more recent example was when we moved into our new offices and threw out some old furniture. The security guard at our office block wanted to have some of it. I felt God wanted to do something with this opportunity. So I told him I’ll sell it to him. He agreed to pay it off over some time. When he brought the last payment I sat him down in my office and gave him back all his money.
Then I told him I wanted him to know he bought it but that God wants to bless him. I shared Malachi 3 with him about tithing and encouraged him to give a tithe on the blessing he just received. He took up the challenge and two weeks later told me excitedly that it worked! “What worked Thabang?” I asked. “The giving,” he said. Someone just gave me 12 bottles of juice and some shoes!
Now you might think that’s for that guy, but let me close with this.
I remember hearing a story of a lady who was in ministry and asked God for chocolate. She didn’t have money, but a day later went to make a phone call from a phone booth. When she put in her money the phone booth spat out R20 of coins and she knew this was God blessing her. When I heard this story I asked God if I can experience the same thing. And I did!!! In my first year at University, I also went to the phone booth to call my parents. We didn’t have WhatsApp then. When I put in my money R20 came out and I bought myself a bar of chocolate!