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Gods Economy
October 21, 2021

Investing in God's Economy Results in the Greatest Returns

You and I face varying amounts of pressure when it comes to providing for those around us. Whether you have a family at home or employees at work, it can feel like a heavy burden if you don’t have the right perspective. However, if we invest our time and resources well, we will not only feel lighter in our work, but we’ll also reap eternal returns.

Have you ever heard that phrase, “You can’t see the forest for the trees?” Well, sometimes it can feel that way, right? We can feel so surrounded by our problems and challenges that we lose sight of the big picture.

It’s our responsibility as leaders to take the time to step back and view the forest. For me, it’s critical to start my days with God. And when I’m feeling especially overwhelmed, I carve out even more time to pray, read God’s Word, and seek wise counsel.

It’s also critical that we’re consistent and faithful to steward what God’s placed into our hands. If we really believe everything is God’s (Psalm 24:1), and I do, then we should be open-handed about giving and investing.

We should be open-handed with our finances.
Tithing is the greatest investment we can make. Proverbs 3:10 talks about our barns overflowing, but it’s not talking about physical, earthly barns. It’s referring to our reward in heaven. So when you’re investing in ways only God knows, He’ll also be faithful to supply everything we need for today.

I want to be generous with my finances. I’ll be wise, but I will freely give away what’s God’s. Sometimes He wants us to loan, invest, or give. We have to be discerning and trusting as God guides and directs us.

We should show generosity to people.
The easiest people to love are the people who are easy to love. The people like us,
right? Anybody can do that. The hard ones to love are the ones that aren’t like you and
don’t think as you do. But we can still invest in them and pour that love into them. And,
from my experience, that’s when I get the greatest return, because then when I see life change, it’s incredible! We get to see what only God can do in the lives of people.

It’s important to invest in God’s economy faithfully, and by God’s economy, I mean honoring Him with our finances and loving people as He does. When we’re intentional in this way, He will provide for us. For me, I’ve seen God provide in a couple of different ways.

God provides miraculously.
There was a time when we had a huge tax bill facing us. I mean, we had been trying to do what God was telling us to do and follow Him. But it was coming to crunch time, and I was nervous, thinking, “Where is this money gonna come from?” I had to surrender to God, knowing it was in His hands. I began to pray through the story of when God provided the coin in the fish’s mouth (Matthew 17:24-27).

What’s crazy is the day before the taxes were due, some of the loans we had offered were paid back, and we were able to make the deadline!

God provides through the wisdom He gives.
There are times when investing in God’s economy, and God encourages me just to stay faithful and keep going. We keep planning, strategizing, investing. He’ll funnel finances and people through us as we’re seeking His wisdom.

This is where it’s critical to keep that view on the forest instead of the trees. Don’t get so lost in the details that you miss God’s perspective. He’ll ask us to make business moves that might seem illogical to some people but turn out to be exactly what was needed.

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He will be faithful. He will take care of the issues for us. When I step back from the trees to view the whole forest, I can actually see so much clearer. I will see solutions I couldn’t see when I was focused on the problem.

Some of the greatest things I’ve seen God do, I didn’t fully understand at the time. But when I’ve trusted and followed the Lord, He leads me to the right path. And as I’ve focused on Him, He has taken care of my future.

He will do the same for you. Invest in God’s economy with your finances and your people. Trust Him and seek Him. Take time to gain His view of the forest, over the trees, or problems. He will always be faithful to provide.

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