Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Investment #2 - Invest in the Kingdom

In a previous post, I outlined my 7 investments that (I believe) place you in the flow of God's wealth. In today's post, I would like to spend a little time on the second investment, Investing in the Kingdom.

The poor Christian gives very little in the areas of time, talents, and money. He is characterized by selfishness.

The rich Christian gives freely of time, talent, and money to his church and community. He is characterized by generosity.

I love this quote by Robert Collier, "You have to sow before you can reap. You have to give before you can get."

In 2 Corinthians 9:6, the Apostle Paul makes a similar statement, "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully."

Giving and receiving are two opposite sides of the same "coin." In order to be a good receiver, you must be a good giver and vice versa. The people in life that are stingy and tight-fisted, not only have difficulty giving but they have difficulty receiving as well.

So how good are you at receiving and giving?

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