Wealthy Believers Part 3 – Investments, Yields, Returns
As stated in the previous posts, the world has their investment plans and God has his investment plans. I am identifying this series as Part 1, Part 2, and so forth so you consider the information in the entire series. Why? So I do not have to repeat myself. The series starts with, Is Profit From God then the posts after that post and continues. My motive? To be a good steward of what God gives me.
When I asked God how do I explain this in a way where people understand and can implement your plan in their life, God showed me, keep it simple and don’t get technical. So, we see from scripture, God teaches us about investments, yields and returns. God has a lot to say about wealth, money, finances, debt, interest, yields, seeds, offerings and a whole lot more. If your motives are because you love money and greed, you need to forget this and get your heart right with God first. If you, with a good heart, want to be a good steward of what God gives you and your motive is to help others, let’s learn together.
Remember in Luke 19:12-27 there were 10 servants and all 10 received the same amount, 1 pound. This teaches us we all start equal, with the same opportunities. The decisions these 10 servants made determined their yield on their investment of 1 pound. Jesus mentions three of the ten. One servant with one pound turned it into ten pounds. One servant turned one pound into five pounds. And the wicked servant hid his pound. The question is how did they do it? How did they gain? They invested their pound somewhere. Not the wicked servant but we are looking at those that had a yield, an increase. Which leads me to the investments God has and he gives the yield amount.
I am going to explain this but then I will have a chart for you to print that you can use as a guide if you want. Just as markets go up and down and you decide if you will stay in the market or not, so with God, when a season of testing comes, God will try the reins of your heart to see if you are committed. He tested Abraham with his son Isaac, he tested Moses, David, Solomon, Joseph and even Peter and Paul. God will try the reins of your heart too.
The Tithe ~ by definition means tenth. The Tithe is given to God from your profits. People ask, should I tithe from gross or net? What is in your hand? You tithe from what is in your hand. When you retire you will tithe from your social security check.
Whether you believe tithing is for today or not does not matter. Tithing is part of God’s financial plan. Tithing was before the law and after the law.
The Firstfruits ~ this is whenever you get a first increase you honour God and give him the increase, all of it the first time. Examples of this is Cain and Abel. People ask, why did God prefer Abel’s offering over Cain’s offering, God created them both? One word, firstlings. Abel gave of his firstlings or firstfruits.
Genesis 4:3-4 KJV “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord .
 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:”
We have lots if examples of firstfruits in scripture including when God, with Joshua, was going to lead Israel into the promised land all the treasure of Jericho, the first city conquered, goes to God Joshua 6:19 KJV “But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord : they shall come into the treasury of the Lord .” Then they could keep the treasures from all the rest of the cities.
Today, say you have a new garden. The firstfruits of that first garden should be given to God, then the rest of the yield you keep, the harvest and gleanings. Say you have a job and they are giving you a raise of 50 or $100 each pay period. The very first check with that increase you take all of the raise, the 50 or $100 raise and give it to God and the rest of them you keep.
The Alms ~ Alms is giving to the poor or needy. Most people give alms giving. This is where you see or hear of a need and it tugs at your heart like some of those tv commercials for dogs, babies starving, well drilling, 9/11 fund, hurricane or tornado relief efforts. Even the Salvation Army buckets at Christmas. This is all alms giving.
Offerings / Seeds – offerings are given to God in gratitude for his blessings on you. We read many times where Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon and even in the book of Acts where offerings were given. Offerings please God and Paul addresses this to the church in 2 Corinthians 8, the whole chapter. Offerings are like seeds. Why? Because an offering is sowing into something or someone.
You have heard, what you sow you reap? Sow corn, get corn. Sow love, get love. Sow money, get _____? Then you have those “believers” who try to get you to sow a seed for a blessing. Basically, they are trying to buy a blessing. Geez, didn’t some people try to buy and or lie to God? Like in Acts 5:1-11 and in Acts 8:20 KJV “But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.” The people who sucker believers are treading on dangerous ground.
God rewards me, I don’t need to put this in a book and sell the book because God already put it in his book, the scriptures, for everyone who will dig it out.
What about the yields? And how do we put this all together for our time? I am going to give you the yields and next time explain the yields for our time.
The Tithe – given to God and brought to your local church only. You sow your tithe at your local church. Genesis 14:17-20 ; Nehemiah 13:10 ; Malachi 3:10. Your tithe is given to God and delivered to your local church. God uses your tithe to keep the church up, maintenance, pay the bills, help with the ministries of the church. The yield you receive is in Malachi 3:10-12. We will explain this next time.
The Firstfruits – given to God and given to the pastor of your local church. Just like Cain and Abel and many others (word study firstfruits). Proverbs 3:9 KJV “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:” Deuteronomy 26 explains a lot. For those who study scripture, you know God set things up where the Levites were to be cared for by the offerings of the people. God even said the musicians should be paid. God set it up that those who laboured in God’s business, are to be paid, they are worthy of their hire. Even Paul discussed this in Romans 15:27 and 2 Corinthians 8 & 9. The yield? Proverbs 3:10.
Alms – God established alms giving, giving to the poor and needy. God has a heart for the poor and needy and throughout scripture we see giving to the poor is something we should do. Even the disciples commanded, remember the poor. God establishes alms giving in Exodus 23:11 and 22:25. The yield? Proverbs 19:17 and Luke 11:41 ; Luke 14:14.
Offerings / Seeds – this is where the 30, 60, 100 fold comes in. Mark 4:8. Luke 19 showing the 10 servants and they sowed their one pound and turned it into 10 and 5 pounds. Offerings have been given to the Lord by many people in scripture. Offerings are given for thankfulness to God for his blessings and prospering you. The yield is the 30, 60, 100 fold.
The outcome of the 10 servants? The one that hid his pound, Jesus called wicked and took his pound and gave it to the one with the most, the one who had 10 pounds.
So if you don’t participate in God’s economy, you loose in this world and the world to come. We will put this all together next time.