Every venture in life requires two things in order to be successful. Money and People. In this blog, I am speaking specifically of missionary “ventures” to the uttermost parts of the world.
- Money cannot do the work, but it can finance the work. Money alone is not enough.
- People can do the work, but people alone are not enough. They must have financial backing.
- When these two components merge together, one has the recipe for success.
It is so in the secular world of business. And, it is so in the kingdom of God. The secular investing is for temporal success and fortune. The other investing is for the eternal souls of people to be brought out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear son.
ALL OF IT BEGINS WITH PEOPLE
It takes people for both things. People who will invest their money. People who will do the work.
Some times one person does both: invests all his own money, and invests his own life to do the work.
Other times one or more people invest their money to finance other people who invest their own lives to do the work.
Either way, it takes both kinds of investment.
I CALL IT INVESTMENT BECAUSE…
On the side of money, the word that has been used far too long (in my opinion) is “giving.” I, myself, have been guilty of using that word because it is the one commonly used. And it is used in Scripture. Often times, though, it has a negative connotation in the minds of people.
I will no longer use that word. I will say “invest.” Reason being: whatever amount of money one lets pass from his hands to the work of missionary endeavor is an investment in the lives of men and women, boys and girls, who need to hear about Jesus, believe in Him, become established in their new found faith, and go on to do their part in God’s kingdom. “Investing” does not have a negative connotation attached to it, like “giving” sometimes does. And, like all good secular investments, this kind of investment has a great reward beyond any temporal investment. It is an eternal reward waiting for them in heaven.
On the side of people, those who answer the call to full-time missionary service invest their total lives for this cause of Christ; taking His gospel to the ends of the earth. The words to a chorus we used to sing express it well:
“All that I have. All that I am. All I shall ever be. Cannot repay the love debt I owe. I surrender to Thee.”Author Unknown (to me)
EVERY CHRISTIAN CAN BE AN INVESTOR
I hope you already are investing in missionary endeavors around the world. In one or both of the investment choices. They are the only investments that have lasting, eternal value.
If you have not yet become such an investor, I hope this blog will help you understand the importance of both kinds. And I hope a desire has birthed in you to begin making the best investment/s you can ever make in your lifetime.