As I read Acts 20 today where Paul has a farewell address to the Ephesian elders before he goes back to Jerusalem, he says this: “..the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood”. And it made me think, God, Jesus, purchased the church, us, with His own blood. He purchased us. He chose to. Wauw, what an investment. A bold and faithful investment. He invested His life to redeem us, His blood to purchase us. He invested in us and sends us to invest in others too. Those we invest in and bring along with us, are already purchased by Him. They just don’t know it yet.
Acts 20:28 [HCSB] — “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock that the Holy Spirit has appointed you to as overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.”
Your investment can be as tiny as planting a seed. Think of inviting someone to church, to your connect group, think of speaking a word of encouragement, enlightenment, to show another angle or point of view with the Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Plant seeds and water them, and don’t grow weary.
Galatians 6:9 [HCSB] — “So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.”
As we do our part we make small investments and God will do the rest. Jesus will make that seed grow. And then maybe you or someone else along the path of that person will reap the fruit. You will reap the moment of leading someone to salvation in Christ. Allowing Jesus’ investment to grow. This investment Jesus made is not in vain and it could never be. His investment is Bold and Faithful. Let it be a motivation and an example to how you make your investments too. Only allowing His investment to grow and showing a beautiful testimony of how His investment is indeed not in vain.
1 Corinthians 3:7 [NIV] — “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.”
Have you made an investment today yet?