“Pastor, I make good money, but why is it that I hardly do anything good with the money?”
The fact that you’re worried about the situation simply tells me that you’re not a foolish spender as mentioned in Proverbs 21:20. That scripture says, “There is a store of great value in the house of the wise, but it is wasted by the foolish man”. A wise man saves his money and invests in valuable things, the foolish man doesn’t just spend, he wastes his money, which literally means that he uses his money to acquire or do things that may be pleasurable, but not valuable. The wise spender goes for value first, the foolish spender goes for pleasure first.
Clearly, you’re not a foolish spender. However, you may not be a wise investor either. That’s right! You may not be a foolish spender, but you may be neglecting a very important investment, one that has capacity to sustain your wealth. Let me show you a scripture:
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
You see, as Christians, God expects us to live a life that gives priority to His kingdom. The moment we gave our lives to Christ, we became ambassadors of the kingdom of heaven, not just people who live on earth. And as ambassadors, we are expected to invest, project, and protect the interest of the kingdom.
Being an ambassador isn’t limited to going to church services, because the whole idea of church services is to release blessings upon you so that you can in turn invest those blessings into the kingdom. So if all you do with God’s blessing upon your life is attend service on Sunday and probably drop a worship offering, then you clearly don’t understand what it means to be an ambassador.
Investing in the kingdom was actually a more serious issue in the old testament, those who neglected God’s kingdom even attracted a curse from the Lord. Let’s see how scriptures put it:
2 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD’s house should be built.
3 Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying
4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?
5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.
9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.
10 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.
Isn’t this scripture describing your situation? You harvest much yet can’t give account of what was done with your harvest. And the reason God gave for that situation is that His house was neglected. They built and established their own houses, but neglected the house of their Lord.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you shouldn’t have personal investments, ofcourse you should; what I’m saying is that God’s kingdom should be a priority as you invest. It is your investment in God’s kingdom that becomes the solid rock on which you make other investments.
You’re probably about to tell me that your situation may be a demonic manipulation, right? The truth is, even demons understand this principle, and so they take advantage of your negligence. This also means that the moment you begin to consciously invest in the kingdom, no demon can stop you from succeeding.
As I conclude, don’t close your eyes to things that are not working in your church, neither should you wait till you are asked to contribute. If the projector isn’t working, buy a new one if God has blessed you to that capacity. To whom much is given, much is also expected. If the sound system isn’t producing quality sounds, invest in getting another one, or at least upgrade the current one. If the cameras aren’t sharp enough, invest in buying cameras for the church.
If that brother that sits next to you every Sunday has been wearing one shoe and suit all through the year, then get a new one for him. If that sister hasn’t made her hair for once, and she comes to church looking shabby every Sunday, then she definitely needs your help. In the kingdom, we don’t wait to be asked for help, we look for opportunities to invest. And believe me, opportunities to help always surface. Investment in this kingdom is an opportunity, and investment opportunities don’t look for people, it’s the other way round.
Generational curses or enchantments don’t follow kingdom investors. This is because their investment brings them into partnership with God, and you can’t be a partner with God and still be suffering the effect of curses. If you’d recall Mathew chapter 6 that I referenced, if you lay up treasures for yourself in heaven, thieves cannot steal it, neither can it be corrupted.
I hope this has brought enlightenment to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!