Our one son put down in writing, during one of our parent-teacher interviews this school year, that a goal of his is to work on his reading. But there are many days in which he fights us to read, and he’d much rather play I-pad than read. And certainly he spends a disproportionate amount of time on the tablet. Our actions betray our true goals. His greater goal is to have fun with electronics over improving his reading. I understand this is part of childhood growing up. I merely share that example to illustrate for us the truth of what I intend to communicate in this blog post. As we finished our sermon series “Investing Like Jesus” we recognized that in the Kingdom the greatest capital we have and the most important capital we should seek to grow is spiritual capital (a.k.a. knowing God). Our heart wants to say that is the priority in our lives, however, our flesh often wins out and our choices and actions reveal a different value order!
Let me share some examples of what it could look like to use and leverage each capital for Kingdom sake. I hope these examples inspire or challenge us, whatever the Holy Spirit wants to do in your heart!
Finances- the women supported Jesus with their means (Luke 8:1-3). Do we see Kingdom causes as worthy of investing our financial capital in? I recently heard of somebody with a million dollar annual salary, who gives $950, 000 to various causes and chooses to live on $50, 000!
Intellect/Ability- Do we use our skills to serve others when we hear of needs that arise that our skills set match? We are thrilled for the woman in our church who is “crafty” and comes regularly to our weekly Kids Club to lead the children in craft time. We are grateful for the few who share their skills for the upkeep of our church building. I may not have the financial margin to support a missionary, but I can serve a missionary (and save her money) by sharing my ability to install baseboards in her home.
Time/Energy- People who use vacation time to go on missions trip is great example of seeking first the Kingdom. On a more regular time scale, do we use much of our weekly time and energy on ourselves and our own households or do we dedicate weekly time to reach out and serve? A practical example is offering a regular meal to university students or a single person.
Relational Capital-When we felt God lead us to register our boys at a different school I firmly believed it was a place God wanted me to invest. As often as I could during the school year I signed up to help out as a parent volunteer. As I built up trust (relational capital) it has led to some cool opportunities to go into the religion classes and share some stories and pictures of Israel and talk about the Bible. Do you pray for opportunities to leverage your relational capital to serve Kingdom purposes?
Whenever we faithfully hear and do as God directs us to with those four capitals the automatic result is growth of our spiritual capital. We grow closer to the Lord and have learned to respond to the Spirit’s promptings, and this leads to Him trusting us with more and being able to use us in increasing measure!
So what about you? What does your lifestyle reveal about what you’re truly seeking first?