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Deposits And Trusts

Making memories was always an important part of our growing up. Spending time together was important. We always spent time at the beach or on the boat when we were home. We spent time at my Granny's place at White Lake. At least once a summer Dad would set our camper up at the Lakewood Family Campground in Myrtle Beach on a Friday and leave, joining us for the next three weekends. We spent many weekends camping with other families going to the beach, outdoor dramas and amusement parks. Once a year, we went to the mountains and somewhere new for Dad's vacation. Our vacations were not extravagant but I did not know that. We had vacations because that was a priority of my parents. They did without other things to make this happen. They taught me a lot about investing for what was important.

My parents also taught me about investing in their faith. Before I got up in the morning, Mom and Dad had had their devotional and prayer time, starting their day off right. Investing those actions helped them sustain their relationship with God. By living this action, they were investing in their children. What they received - they shared and handed on. Like a trust, it was for the benefit of others. They invested in the Kingdom of God in their children, family, friends and others. God deposited provisions and time into their "bank" every day and they shared that with others. We are to be smart stewards of our time and money. He wants us to invest our time and money on others.

Luke 6: 38, "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." I may not be a finance person and I do not like dealing with numbers but I do know that everything we need to know is in the Bible and it talks about investing. When we make deposits we usually gain interest. Any time I serve others I am the one most blessed The same is true when we make deposits into other's lives we always come out better! An investment that will always provides a positive return is investing in other's lives for the Kingdom of God. God promises a reward for our service. Galatians 6: 7-9, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh,from the flesh will reap destruction;whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

God does not care how much money we have in the bank. He will judge us on our effect on people. Have we bettered the lives of others or influenced them for the Kingdom of God?

1 Timothy 6: 10, "Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge,..." "Entrust" means to "assign the responsibility for doing something" We are to use what God has given us to further His Kingdom. Everything good you have is a gift from God. What you do with it is your gift back to Him.  Invest your resources, your time and your talent wisely for God. Do not let any go to waste!

Who are you investing in? Are you investing in the Kingdom of God?