Scripture: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38).
Luke 6:38 is quoted by Forbes as one of the most powerful business quotes. I may as well stop here in writing this blog because this quote captures one of the best investment strategies for a Christian. It captures the power of giving.
I recently set out to work on a 3100 blog post about ‘best investment strategies.’ This research took me into a world that challenged how I spent my money. By the time I was done, I was motivated to take some time off and really think about my future.
Let me share my profile with you.
The investment research was so mind-blowing that I almost grew a beard. I learnt about stocks and bonds, mutual funds, saving for retirement! ETF’s (Exchange Traded Funds), plus so much more. I could read a post from Investopedia about Investment, and with every idea, I would say the phrase, “I really don’t know much about money.”
I took the knowledge as a blessing from God and purposed to sit down and come up with a financial plan.
As I meditated on this significant life change, I chose to honor God in the process. Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed”.
Before I could write the first letter on my new notebook, the LORD put this in my heart. “Have you seen the stock exchange in heaven?”
As a giver and a Christian, I have to admit that I feel that one of the reasons God has kept me despite my financial ignorance is giving. As I meditated on “how I give” I realized that the exchange rate for heaven was well beyond 110%. Yet, like the woman who gave a coin to the temple, I had not offered much.
The parable of the Rich man and Lazarus also came to me the same way Ebenezer Scrooge got a visit from the three spirits of Christmas. ”But Abraham replied, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.” (Luke 16:25).
Be mindful of those who receive bad things.
The lesson from God could not have come at a better time. I had recently sat down for Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 ”The Kid’ movie. In the movie, there’s the quote, “Charity. To some a duty, to others a joy.”
I guess the Chaplin movie was my second spirit of Christmas.
Then there was the third spirit of Christmas, Luke 12:13-21, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” [Verse 19]
Like Scrooge, I was alarmed!
The stone that the builders refuse!
Giving to the poor, helping the vulnerable, the refugees, and the foreigners among us. These are things that we tend to forget. Yet in the Kingdom of God, these are the greatest treasures. This is how we invest in God!
And in the days of our trouble, His word promises us that even before we cry “trouble!” He will say to us, here I am (Psalms 41).
But let’s not give a coin. Let’s make charity a strong investment tactic. Let’s plan for it, labor for it and dedicate time for it.
What annoyed me about the types of investments I learnt about is that I did not spot even one that had an interest rate of at least 10%.
Stocks had an average interest rate of 3%.
Bonds are risky! Unless you buy government bonds. But they also average 3%.
Mutual funds also have a low-interest rate. I rolled my eyes when an investment bank tried to hook me with a 2% interest rate!
At this rate, will we ever be rich? Will we ever afford a quality life?
Must we oppress to be Kings?
No! There’s another way. The best way is found in the teachings of Christ. When we love God more than wealth, we challenge God to bless.
Perhaps capitalism will fade when we become social. When we take off our eyes from ourselves and quickly glance at the one struggling in this life. The Lazarus, whose sores the dogs lick.
Who is our Father?
God is our Father! The Earth and all that’s in it belongs to Him (Psalms 24:1).
So what do we have to lose?
Take out your notebook and write “giving unto God” as one of your Investment strategies. May God’s Spirit guide you to offer the right way.