The goal of investing is to produce a positive return. In business, our pursuit is to consistently find way to maximize this process. Economists’ speculate on the conditions and the opportunities that will most likely yield good results but it can be difficult to find a “sure thing.” The Return on Investment (R.O.I) is the key to success and finding the best opportunities can be a life-long commitment, but this is not just limited to business. Let me explain what I mean:
Investing in the kingdom of God taps into a different kind of economy. It is an economy that provides incredible opportunities and provides returns that can be unquantifiable. A business investment has to factor in risk and typically costs money, however kingdom investments are not only financial but often sacrificial and require faith. It is important to note that the kingdom of God is not just a future reality, but is present and active in the world today.
“No one who has sacrificed home, spouse, brothers and sisters, parents, children—whatever—will lose out. It will all come back multiplied many times over in your lifetime. And then the bonus of eternal life!”
-Luke 18:29-30 MSG
When we invest in the kingdom of God, we are partnering with God in His work to bring salvation and healing to individuals, communities, and the world. When we factor this into our business life our impact and influence grows, and we find a deeper level of purpose and meaning in our work. Ultimately, investing in the kingdom of God is about aligning our priorities with God’s priorities, and living a life that is focused on God’s purposes and not just our own. This kind of investment will bring blessings and rewards both in this life and in the life to come.
Investing in the kingdom often looks a lot like helping people and enabling God centered missions. In my experience when I have had the chance to invest in something that fits that description, I have experienced the blessing of God in my work life, family life and personal life.