This past Sunday, my message to our LifeSpring Church family, ProgressReport: Investing in others, was as followers of Jesus (AKA: Disciples in training) we are called to invest in others by helping them to …
live into Their POTENTIAL for their life
live into God’s PURPOSE for their life
live into Jesus PROMISES for their life
One of the definitions for the word “Investing” found in Dictionary.com is
to use, give, or devote (time, talent, etc.), as for a purpose or to achieve something:
In the business world, there is an acronym called ROI: Return on Investment. It is a ratio used between the amount (usually money) that a person invests in something and the return (or profit) that is received by the investor for their investment, usually over some period of time. This ROI is typically expressed in the form of a percentage. The higher the ROI percentage, the more a person can expect to receive from their initial investment.
Given the choice of investing a $100 in “product A” that has a 50% ROI, and investing $100 in “product B” that has a 100% ROI, the wise investor would go with investing in “product B” because they could expect twice the amount of return for the same initial investment of $100.
Here’s the thing about being a disciple of Jesus. When Jesus calls his followers to “go and make disciples” in his Great Commission, he never asked them to “calculate the ROI on their investment of their personal time, energy, or resources” while doing this. He just asked them to be obedient and trust that he would be with them while they were doing it, even “to the end of the age”.
However, some Christians today want to “Pick and Choose” who they invest their time, energy, and resources into while helping others become disciples too. Many times they look at the outward appearance and decide, that a certain person’s ROI is too low, and wait on a better person to invest in. Some are still waiting to find the best person to invest in , while hundreds of people pass by them.
In choosing the person to succeed King Saul as the leader over Israel, God once told the prophet Samuel,
Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
The bottom line is this. God has already calculated the ROI of every individual who has ever lived, and God’s calculations are perfect! He has determined that every person is worth the investment of our time, energy and resources. In fact, God backed this up by investing the most valuable thing to Him, His one and only Son Jesus Christ, to provide the opportunity for people to restore their relationship with God, and have eternal life.
So why would I choose my personal ROI calculations about who to invest my time, energy and resources in, over God’s, when it comes to investing in others. I think I will trust Jesus and do what He says…. “Go, and make disciples”