9. Communicate to a Person who has Invested in You and Tell Them You Love Them
The Bible gives us examples of the power of personal investment and how it inspired the recipient to the high ground of moral excellence. Making the investment to influence others can be seen in Scripture. Barnabas clearly mentored Paul; Elijah influenced Elisha; and Moses prepared Joshua. Jesus invested much in Peter. In spite of his failings, Jesus was determined to do well on His investment in His disciple. Jesus told him, “Feed my sheep.” Peter went on to lead the early church in evangelistic impact that brought thousands into Heaven. He was faithful to the end, dying a martyr’s death.
Paul poured his life into Timothy, and urged him to press on fearlessly in the face of opposition. He charged Timothy, II Timothy 2:2, And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Paul visualized a faithful finish for Timothy, one that would impact future generations with the truth.
To influence someone is the power to motivate and lead a person to make a crucial choice in their life. Your life is the result of many loving investors who have sacrificed considerably for your success. Reflect on those who have invested in you encouraging you. Listen to the wise people the Lord has places in your life; those who led you to Christ, taught your Sunday school classes, or discipled you in the faith.
Remember the investment of parents, teachers, pastors, authority figures, or work supervisors who have provided for you in so many ways. What about the friends who have helped you, encouraged your faith, and strengthened you in tough times? What about the family members who have sacrificed time, money, and prayers on your behalf?
If we live with eternity in view, we will spend our lives on the things that matter most. You can honor those who invested in your life by living a life pleasing unto the Lord. III John 4, I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Every day we, as children of God, are in a role where our performance has ultimate consequences far more serious than physical life and death. Every person we meet has an eternal future that will be spent in either Heaven or Hell. Attitudes are contagious. Every person we meet is being influenced by our life and interaction with them. We often go carelessly through the day without a thought of the vital and eternal implications of our testimony. We have an obligation to Him, and to them, to take our lives seriously.
Those who have invested their lives in you deserve a good return on their investment. A lot of people have sacrificed for you and have invested in you. Make them proud. As you run your race visualize them in the stands. They love you and want the very best for you.
Who will you impact? We all have something to contribute: our example, testimony, investment, prayer, patience, instruction, wise counsel, giving, serving, etc. We all can and must invest in others! We can make a difference!
Prayer: LORD, I seek Your wisdom for the decisions I need to make. Help me to always honor those who have invested their lives in me as I journey on the path of life. Help me to siege every opportunity You give me to positively impact those You allow me to cross paths with. Help me to live a life that will influence others to have a desire to want to know You. Help me to bring joy to others and be a good example. In Jesus' name. Amen
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