All I Want for Christmas…

As we dive into our 1more giver series, and begin to prepare our hearts for the Christmas season, I want to ask: Can you imagine this?

Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. Revelation 21:3-4

This promised reality has been made possible by the gracious investment of God sending His Son, Jesus, to the world. Christmas shows us God’s heart for every single person. He desires that every person would flourish. Jesus said, “My purpose is to give them a * rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10).

 

* Spiritual Capital – God dwelling among His people, and His people knowing Him completely and cooperating with Him fully.

Relational Capital – no more war or conflict between people; instead, perfect relational harmony and peace.
Physical Capital – no more death or sickness; instad perfect health for our bodies and environment.
Intellectual Capital – creativity and ideas abound.

Financial Capital – no more poverty or lack of any kind, but abundance of everything needed for a full life.

“OIKONOMICS: How to Invest in Life’s Five Capitals the Way Jesus Did” pg. 98

Have you ever really stopped to consider Jesus’ investment? Can following Jesus give

us the rich and satisfying life today, before Heaven? Yes! The key is understanding that giving in the Kingdom of God is less about sacrifice and more about investment.

To solidify this learning during the holiday season, will you join me in a little experiment?

Here it is: Spend some thought time each week between now and Christmas, (alone, with others, perhaps with your family) and jot down some specific answers to the questions below.

Week 1: Spiritual Capital

What specific actions will I take this season to invest energy in following Jesus?

Week 2: Relational Capital

What specific actions will I take this season to invest energy in growing relationships

with family and friends?

Week 3: Intellectual Capital

What specific actions will I take this season to invest in ongoing learning, in creativity,

and in thinking deeply about things that really matter?

Week 4: Physical Capital

What specific actions will I take this season to stay or get healthy so that I can live and

love well?

Week 5: Financial Capital

What specific actions will I take this season to invest my finances so that the Kingdom

pursuits that I care about have the funding they need to be effective?

You are a giver. Invest your 5 capitals freely.

And, with an investors temperament, invest in your Kingdom Portfolio. Enjoy the

abundance! Our shared mission depends on it!