Daily Devotional – 10/18/13 “Return on your investment!”

I know that somebody reading this is on the verge of giving up, giving in, throwing in the towel, reverting back to your old ways or thinking about doing something strange for change. Yea, it seems like the devil is attacking on every side, wife looking crazy, husband ain’t acting cool, kids acting up in school, doors being shut, you can’t find good luck, job is barely hanging on, can’t pay your bills so you keep ignoring the phone and no matter how you try, your credit just can’t get it. Oh, but hold on! I know you’re mumbling to yourself asking, “What is there left to hold on too?” And you’re probably even talking to the phone or computer but please ma’am, please sir; just hold on. See, why I can probably never truly understand exactly what you’re going through, I can tell you that whatever it is, it’s just you making an investment into God’s business and if you hold on longer enough, you’ll get a return on your investment. Yea, see every time you pace the floor; you’re paying into your investment. Every time you cry yourself to sleep, you’re paying into your investment. Every time you have to endure pain, you’re paying into your investment. Every time folk scandalize your name even when all you’re doing is living, you’re paying into your investment. Every time sickness comes, the enemy shows up or friends walk away; you’re paying into your investment. Every time you get knocked down, stepped on, lied on, pushed out the way, or envied for your blessings; you’re paying into your investment. Every time you have to go to chemo, radiation or dialysis; you’re paying into your investment. Every time you have to take a handful of pills, you’re paying into your investment. Every time you have to weather the storm, you’re paying into your investment. Every time you have to pour water out of your boat that’s sinking in debt, you’re paying into your investment. Every time your way gets dark and you keep walking, you’re paying into your investment. Every time it feels like all hope is lost but you keep on hoping, you’re paying into your investment. Every time someone tries to steal your joy and you keep smiling, you’re paying into your investment. Isn’t that enough?

Don’t you know that investment means contribution of something such as time, energy, or effort to an activity, project, or undertaking, in the expectation of a benefit? You ought to shout right here because after you’ve invested all of this, what are you expecting? If you invest without expecting, then you get nothing in return. Oh but if you invest all of this hell with the expectation of Heaven, then you get a return on your investment. If you invest sickness with an expectation of healing, then you get a return on your investment. Let me break this thang down, if you invest in spiritual rain gear (prayer, fasting, studying) then you’ll be ready to handle the spiritual storm when it comes because after the storm, you’ll be able to take off that rain gear and get a return on your investment by way of the SON that is now shining. Oh, if you invest a broken heart with the expectation of it being mended, then you get a return on your investment. If you invest time into getting out of debt with the expectation of being debt free, then you get a return on your investment. Yea, I know that investing is the hard part but baby, getting that return is even better because can’t nobody take it from you! “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6.

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