God has been on my case this week in relation to a leadership issue that came my way. To make a decision about someone’s future. Now normally this would not be an issue for me, however God reminded me of a very important truth. If you haven’t spent time, energy and love investing in someone’s life, do you think you have the right to determine that person’s future? Nice one God, thanks for that challenge and piercing the heart. This got me thinking about my relationship, or more to the point, lack of relationship with the person in question. Then over and over this principle came to my mind:
Invest in people’s lives today to inspire their future tomorrow
This whole thinking process started off with a negative idea of my lack of investment, to a positive challenge of the importance and inspiration we get from spending time investing in someone’s life. No one likes to be told they are doing wrong from someone who has no relationship with them. We only have the right to point out someone’s shortfalls, only if we have built up a track record of trust, confidence and love. This thinking also avoids the pitfalls of judgement that can so easily creep into our hearts.
Jesus was the ultimate role model of investing in people’s lives for their future health. In John 10:11 Jesus says, I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” We are the good shepherds to all those people that require our sacrificial investment into their lives.
When we use the term invest today we think of the rewards that will come our way in future times. Godly investment is always about the future welfare of someone else and is never for our benefit. Investing in someone’s life is one of the most important things we can do. It not only honours that person but it also glorifies God.
Think of someone in your sphere of influence that you don’t really know. Perhaps God is challenging you today to invest in that life.
Only through investment can we inspire and influence a life.