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)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Investment #3 - Invest in relationships with others

"It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important." - Soren Kirerkegaard

Back in the fall, I began a series entitled "7 Investments that place you in the flow of God's wealth," and only made it through two of the seven investments. You can see all of the related blog posts in the series here. Today, I resume the series with the Third Investment - Investing in Relationships.

The Poor Christian is characterized by selfishness. He has little desire to deepen his relationships with his spouse, family, friends, and even those who could potentially mentor and educate him.

The Rich Christian is characterized by his generous attitude of giving, receiving, and initiating relationships. He enjoys mentoring and being mentored. He is networked with those in "the know" in his vocation and areas of interests.

Wealth (spiritual, relational, monetary, etc.) is not created in a vacuum. Having strong relationships at home, at work, and other important areas of your life will enable you to become all that God has called us to be.

The most successful people in the world have coaches they have built relationships with that take them to the next level. Just think of successful sports figures such as Tiger Woods, who still has a golf coach to improve his game, even after becoming the world's greatest golfer!

Here are some great Scripture verses related to relationships:

Proverbs 13:20, "Whoever walks with the wise will become wise; whoever walks with fools will suffer harm."

Proverbs 19:20, "Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise."

Proverbs 20:18, "Make plans by seeking advice..."

Go out, today, and invest in your relationships for a wealthier, deeper, more satisfying life!


  1. I agree. Coaches and mentors can take us to the next level in life.
    I am a missionary and business men .. I do coaching and have witnessed my clients enjoy reaching new levels in life and ministry.
    I am specially enthusiastic coaching Christians become better investors. With a group of friends we just started an investor blog Blessings RaiBerg

  2. RaiBerg, thanks for your comments. Glad to hear that you're out there encouraging others to go to the next level. Blessings!