BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 19:16-22
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-22(NKJV)
To function in the realm of more than enough and financial freedom requires prudence, and the application of some financial disciplines. Having savings and investing those savings in other profitable ventures is one of the disciplines to build sustainable wealth. Whether for a short or a fixed term deposit of your money in the bank or other investment opportunities with an interest or a Return on Investment, is one way to achieve this objective in this realm. However, the best bank or investment platform that you can put your resources in and get a high Return on Investment (ROI) that is guaranteed is the Bank of Heaven (Matt. 6:20).
In God’s Kingdom, there are various forms of investments:
•Paying tithes and offerings(Malachi 3:10-13; Deut.26:10).
•Entering into financial vows and fulfilling them(Psalm 50:5).
•Giving to men of God(Matt.10:41; 1 Tim 5:17-18).
•Giving to the poor(Prov.19:17).
•Sacrificial giving of your resources cheerfully to advance the Kingdom(Mark 10:29-30; 2Cor.9:6-8).
The objective of these investments is to advance the frontiers of God’s Kingdom agenda on earth. Any investment into God’s kingdom rightly done, will always yield high rewards here and beyond. David resolved to build God a house but God did not permit him to, yet he planned for it and prepared almost everything his son would need to build it (1Chro. 22: 6-7). The returns he got on that investment ensured that the throne of David always had his descendants on it and it still speaks to this day. Even Jesus had to come from that lineage and He inherited the throne of David (2Sam 7:12-16).
King Solomon took sacrificial giving a step further and built God a luxurious Temple; and he received wisdom, wealth and fame. When you bank with God, you get much more than you can ever imagine in this life, and in eternity you have a greater reward.
Apostle Paul as a missionary commended the Philippian church for their partnership with him in the advancement of the Gospel through their generous giving. He let them know that because of their financial contributions they had access to a bank account in heaven from which they could make withdrawals on earth; they also became partakers of his grace which included the souls he won into the kingdom because of their financial support (Phil.1: 5-7; 4:15-19).
The banking system of Heaven is not limited to a simple currency or commodity for trading. Any commodity that advances the agenda of God’s Kingdom on earth should be invested in cheerfully and bountifully. You can invest consistent Prayers for souls, that God’s will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, finance evangelism outreaches, investing time to win souls, following up on new converts and ultimately, living a life of obedience to God and being an example of the believers. Make your investments where returns are guaranteed and you will reap in this realm and beyond.
•Identify with God and invest your life today.
•Obey God and redeem your vows.
•Look for a project to execute or do something that touches God’s heart and advances His Kingdom agenda.