Investing our resources for the sake of the kingdom is risky. It takes courage. As we sow the seeds of our time, talent, and treasure, some will fall on deaf ears. Others will fall on ears which are somewhat receptive. And our resources will be sown in places where some will accept them and use them and benefit from them until the worldly attitudes of society creep up around them. We will be disappointed, frustrated, even ridiculed at times.
But thanks to God, sometimes our resources will be accepted by deep, receptive, productive people. Some will receive our investments of time, talent, and treasure and happily accept them and use them and benefit from them—and produce fruit for the kingdom because of our investments. And because of our willingness to seek out the best investments of our resources, the kingdom of God will have an unbelievable harvest.
How would you like to get a 30-, 60-, or 100-fold return on the seed you plant in your garden this spring? Better yet, how would you like to get a 30-, 60-, or 100-fold return on the investment you put in the bank? Yes, that’s a 3,000, 6,000 or 10,000 percent interest rate! It’s not possible to get such interest rates at the bank. But it is possible when it comes to the kingdom of God!
Think about how God is calling you to sow seeds for the kingdom. Are you sowing with an attitude of defeatism or with resilience? Are you sowing haphazardly or with purpose?
This stewardship story is from the Fearless Generosity theme materials. The Fearless Generosity theme is based on is based on Ephesians 3:20-21 and explores how God has blessed us more abundantly than we can imagine.
Use the Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine volume 16, theme materials, Companion Resource to create a congregational stewardship emphasis using the Fearless Generosity theme.