Perhaps some of us do not understand what an investment is all about. Investment, in an economic sense, is an asset purchased with a precious resource with the hope that it will generate an increase in monetary value. In the investment world, this is called a speculative investment transaction. The major institutions that coordinate this type of transaction are the national stock exchanges of every nation. A popular stock exchange in United States is located in the Wall Street, New York. From the secular understanding of an investment, we will be able to understand the similarity of spiritual investment. There are some case studies of spiritual investment in the scripture
The helpless widow of Zarephath was faced with unprecedented hardship as a result of the famine in the province of Ahab. The man of God, Elijah, asked her for a cup of water and a morsel of bread. As it was expected of her, because of the hardship she was facing and the needs of her little child, she was initially reluctant and said, “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’ ” (1 Kings 17:12-14 NIV) She was guided by faith in the Lord God Almighty. As difficult as her hardship was, she parted with the only bit of food she had. She cooked it and served the man of God as she had been instructed. Then the abundance of the Lord manifested in her needs. “And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.” (Kings 17:16 KJV)
Having a sorrowful heart because she recently lost her husband, Ruth, a Moabite, faithfully made herself into a package of investment of love and tender care unto the life of her mother-in-law, Naomi. She refused to yield to the persuasion of Naomi, who urged her to go back to her people in Moab. She clung unto her with uncommon and merciful love and said, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17 NIV) She stood by her and followed her to Jerusalem. The mercy of God visited her faithfulness and persistence. She later married to Boaz and gave birth to Obed who was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of the famous King David. Above all, Jesus Christ came into this world in the lineage of King David. The spiritual high yield investment of Ruth made her the great grand-parent of Jesus Christ and the only citizen of a Gentile nation that had a book to her name in the Bible.
A need arose in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. The multitude of the people that went into the wilderness to hear the word of God were hungry and He did not want to send them back with an empty stomach. While the disciples were expressing their concern about this issue to Jesus Christ, one of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. (John 6:8-11 NIV) The young boy invested his lunch into the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ thereby allowing a miracle of God to manifest upon this spiritual investment. The food became sufficient for the young boy and other five thousands men and their families. In addition, the laudable generosity of the young boy made it to the Bible.
One thing is common to the three case studies. There was a faithful and generous release of something precious into the hands of God for His purposeful use. The blessing of God caused multiplying effect to be manifested on the efforts. The word of God is not silent concerning spiritual investment. In Galatians 6:8, the scripture says, “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” The grace of God has been extended to you to sow into the Spirit. Sow seeds of righteousness, love, kindness, integrity, help, skills and prayer into the lives of others for the glory of God and wait and watch for the high yield return from the Throne of Grace. It will surely come back to you in hundred fold. Surely, you will not reap corruption in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer: O Lord, endow me with the grace and faithfulness to sow into the spirit, in righteousness and in love unto others and also unto the household of faith so that I will not reap corruption in Jesus name, Amen.