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WHEN GOD GIVES A GIFT HE WRAPS IT IN A PERSON!
I heard Michael Card say this when I was a seminary student and it has stuck with me. Throughout my life I see where God used my teachers, my family growing up and my wife and children today to teach me. (The investment may not have yielded good returns.) But He still uses people close to me.
Throughout scripture we see where people invested in others. In Exodus 18, Jethro provided counsel to his son-in-law Moses. The advice led to Moses enduring & the people living in peace. The family dinner table was serene. We can be sure.
In Luke 11, we find Jesus praying and one of His disciples came to Him and said teach us pray. Teach us just like John taught his disciples. They wanted to learn. They asked. He taught them. When he ascended into heaven and the Holy Spirit was with them, his investment energized them to begin their ministries – which changed the world.
Romans 5:8 says God demonstrates His own love for us, in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
How has God provided “investors” for you? How is God using you to be an investor in someone else’s life? Your child, spouse, a work colleague, neighbor – the list can go on. If God is calling you to mentor someone, begin to nurture a friendship with that person - TODAY.
Be humble. Be sincere. Do it gently because the best and wisest investments can last an eternity.