Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and [then] at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Matthew 25:27
The other day I was out with some friends. I had a few of my CD’s on a table when a gentleman walked up and inquired what they were. My friend quickly relayed these are her CD’s and they are five dollars. He looked at me and said, “Give it to me for free.” Taken aback by his request, I responded by repeating the five dollar price and asked if he wanted to invest in me. Quickly he stated, “Of course I will invest in you, but I want the CD for free.” He requested that I autograph it and make it personal. I quickly responded to his request, not because I understood his statement, I followed his directive because he was older than me. I considered it disrespectful not to honor his request. After handing him his autographed CD, he gave me fifty dollars and stated that people always want to feel connected to their investment!
Over the past few days God has been dealing with me about investing. I cannot say that I fully understand the entire principle. I do understand that you reap what you sow. I understand that even God wants a return on his investment. In the parable above the Lord called the servant wicked and slothful for not yielding a return on the talent that was given to him. The one talent that was given to the servant was stripped of him, because he did not yield a return. He simply sat on his gift! We all have gifts and talents given to us by the Most High God. Make no mistake, He expects interest on His gift. That interest should be identified by a change in our character, the enhancement in the lives of His people, and the growth of communities. So often we get caught up in enriching our own lives, seeking our own glory and not being out done by our brothers talents and gifts. We spend hard work, time, and money on our gifts. We often forget about our brother, not recognizing what God has for you, is for you. God is so mighty and great, He will not run of the gifts when He blesses your brother.
In attempting to understand and demonstrate this principle in my life, I began investing in the events I attended, making sure I purchased other’s materials. Then God questioned how much time I spent praying for others ministries, businesses, and adventures. I began to examine how much time I prayed for others, compared to the time I spent praying for myself. I gotta tell you that I was lacking. I need a lot of prayer! However, my prayer life for myself, far outweighed the time I spent praying for others. Oh my, another investment, but the principle still exist, you reap what you sow.
So I have to first examine what am I investing in, when I buy, eat, spend time with, rest, talk to, and pray? Then I have to question, whose Kingdom am I building? What will I yield from that investment? Anger, hurt, strive, bitterness? Will God be pleased? As I seek, to yield a return on my gift, have I invested in prayer, monetarily, and in time in the investment of those with similar ministries and goals? Am I truly interested in building the Kingdom of God or does my prayer life, time and placement of money only represent an investment in my Kingdom? Does the God I serve, feel connected to his investment?! As I wake this morning I must asked myself, who is getting my interest?