This post is a continuation of my last two posts about staying strong as a leader. If you haven’t read both yet, it would be great if you can read those before you read this one. Here’s the link: Staying Strong and Staying Strong:Favor.
This is the second thing a leader must do, invest.
“He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees”
Francis Kong once said, “What you put in your mind you will use and go out of your mouth.” It’s that simple. You cannot expect a roast beef to come out when you cook pork meat. And you cannot expect a happy face to show up on a photo when you did a sad face while you were taking a picture of yourself. Whatever we put in our hearts and minds, it will go out through our actions.
Who or What Satisfies?
Usually, what we invest in is something that satisfies or will satisfy us. Spending time doing homework is investing in studies. Playing Batman: Arkham City is investing in fun activities. Reading books is investing in learning and entertainment. And hanging out with friends is investing in the relationship. Why do we do this? It is because it satisfies us.
And if it does satisfy us, is it stable? Or does it fluctuate?
When we are investing our whole life in something faulty, we break. On the other hand, when we invest our whole life in something that is stable, we thrive.
Who or what satisfies you?
The answer should be stable, perfect, amazing, beautiful, and awesome. As for me, there is only One I can think of, Jesus. To know more of God is something to look forward to. I invest in knowing more of Him because He is the only One who is capable of satisfying me fully. That when I seek His kingdom and His righteousness, life makes sense.
How Do We Invest?
As leaders who believe in God and lead people to Him, we know who to invest in. Now, how do we invest?
To put it in a nutshell, read your Bible and pray everyday. If you want to invest in your relationship with God, do these two things.
“and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are ABLE TO MAKE YOU WISE for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”
-2 Timothy 3:15-16
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be PROSPEROUS AND SUCCESSFUL.”
“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not LIVE on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’””
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them PRAY. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”
Just like pitchers, what comes in goes out. Leaders should invest on the right things so that they can live righteously and share the Gospel to other people.
What Is The Result?
“…so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees”
At the end of the day, the reason why we do read our Bible and pray everyday is so that we may learn to honor God and follow what He says.
Life makes so much sense when I get to know God more. I believe that life revolves around Him. That is why the more we know who God is, the more we see that life is for and in Him.
The world has a lot of things to give for us to invest in: TV shows, music, studies, etc. All of these can be good depending on its purpose and what it teaches. But the one thing that we can invest in which will certainly have its good reward is having a relationship with God; knowing more of Him through His Word.
I love God that is why I want to know more of Him.