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Investment Secrets from Heaven – Part 2
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Investment Secrets from Heaven – Part 2

April 18, 2021


  • Invest in things on earth that will have value in .
  • Heaven is not just a place. It’s kingdom.
  • The kingdom of heaven extends to the .
  • One day there will be a new heaven and a new earth.
  • When this happens, the value of our investment will be to all.
  • Don’t wait until you can see the value with your eyes.
  • Invest now while your work requires .

The California Hussle

Matthew 6:31-33 

  • Commuting
  • Housing
  • Schooling
  • Cost of Living
  • Gig Economy
  • Multiple Jobs
  • Dual-Income Work Scheduling
  • Status Symbols

Investment Secret # 1

Invest in people’s lives.

  • Praying for them
  • Serving them
  • Spending time with them
  • Teaching them
  • Letting them see your life.

The Power of Discipleship

  • Jesus highest spiritual moments were not with , but with small groups of disciples.
  • Formal instruction is not enough for transformation.
  • Our Christian growth takes off only when we spend quality time with other Christians outside of church gatherings.
  • Discipleship means doing life together.
  • Discipleship means exposing to people how you are to life’s ups and downs.
  • Discipleship means showing people how God is with you at your worst moments.
  • Discipleship means showing people how you respond to conflict and .
  • One of the last statements Jesus made to His disciples before He ascended was to make disciples.
  • imposes on our lives, which is why it’s an investment.
  • While we will see some benefits now, we will not see the full value of discipleship until the life to come.

Knowing the Difference Between Glitter and Gold

  • Another way to see the value of discipleship is to understand the consequences we face if we don’t make discipleship a priority.
  • We have the capacity to large crowds to the church through marketing, staffing and programming.
  • Without a focus on the priorities of the kingdom, ministry will become a transaction:
    • Engaging content for views and likes
    • Amenities for donations
    • Entertaining stage content for butts in seats
  • Having business savvy is not wrong. We just have to know the difference between the and the means.

John 6:22-27 

John 6:35

© Joshua D. Smith, Ph.D., 2021

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