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The Wise Investor. Living In Abundance. Jn. 10:10b. April 2015

 

Let’s look briefly at the parable of the Talents.  In Matt 25: 14-29 Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us a story about the Kingdom of heaven being like a man traveling into a far country, who called his servants, and delivered unto them his goods.  To one he gave five talents, to another two and to another one; to every man according to his several ability and straightway took his journey. The fellow that received 5 talents went and traded with it and made a profit of another 5 talents.  Similarly the man who received 2 talents also traded with it and also had a 100% increase as he gained another 2 talents. But he that received the least, he that got just 1 talent, refused to do business, he rather decided to dig the Earth and hide the Lord’s money there.  At the return of the master, the man who received 5 talents was a star as he returned 10 talents to the master. The one that got two was also commended as he returned 4 talents. But the one who refused to do business, the one who had no wisdom for trading, the one that had only contempt for the master returned the money as it was given to him without any profits. The master collected that little that he had and gave it to the man who had made the highest returns: The one who was initially given 5 talents. And the bible concludes in Matt 25: 29 that unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

You might wonder why this parable here. After all our Lord Jesus Christ was only talking about the Kingdom of Heaven. But the truth of the matter is that by the use of this parable it is obvious that our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated his perfect understanding of the importance and relevance of the principles of trading, business and investments with respect to supernatural or divine prosperity and abundance. Calculated, careful investment of our resources could yield profitable returns, which in some cases could be as high as 100%.

How do you spend the Resources God has given to you? How do you spend your income?  So many believers earn money monthly and squander all on either ostentatious living or on avoidable spontaneous purchases. Before the end of the month they would start praying and fasting yet again for divine intervention. Drawing from the parable of the Talents, for the man who received 5 talents and the man that received two talents to have returned 100% profits they would surely have invested the funds. If you are in the habit of spending all your monthly, all your yearly income without any savings and investments, you can only be compared to the man in that parable who buried the one talent in the Earth and returned it back to his master without any profit. Why? The reason is simple. The man made no profits; the man who doesn’t invest will also not return any profits. Period!

Some believers are in one form of employment or the other. Many are into one form of private business or the other. But how much do they save? When they attempt to save what do they use their savings on? Many buy big and exotic cars, live in big houses in highbrow areas of the town, build personal houses in our respective villages and towns, states or countries (where applicable) with little or no commercial prospects. Those may not be good investments. Divine abundance is not about Manna falling from heaven. We must work hard; real hard. We must save part of our monthly / yearly income. Out of what we have saved or even borrowed from financial institutions we must engage in reasonable, sustainable investment. A new car purchased for pleasure is not an investment. At best it can be considered as a depreciating asset.

So what should we invest on? You can earn interest on your savings Account, or fixed deposits. We can be involved in Real Estate. Some go into respective private businesses while they are still engaged secular jobs. Yet some others invest in stocks. I may not be able to advice on what exactly you can to do at this time. Pray and let God guide you, and whatever he says, please do it. (Prov. 3:6).

One thing I know, though, is that whatever investments you want to go into would require divine wisdom and a perfect understanding of the principles guiding it and the operations of the business. With Jesus on our side, we will not fail.

 

If you have not given your life to Christ please do so now for tomorrow might be too late.

 

God bless you.

 

Pastor Fidelis Nwachukwu

RCCG Throne of Grace Parish

317 Woodpoint Ave.,

Hagerstown MD 21740, USA

Email: rccgthroneofgraceparish@ymail.com

Website: http://www.rccgthroneofgraceusa.org

 

Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 05:53pm