God will multiply your investment!

Posted by Gathering Place Church on Friday, August 21, 2020

When I was in business I was broke! My brother and I were completely upside down. He had a nervous breakdown and I was the only employee at that time.

Then I heard my pastor talk about tithing. I thought, “Well that’s not possible. I don’t have any money!” But I made a promise to the Lord that day that the next dollar I get, He gets a dime.

Now, what I am talking about today is not just about money. Jesus used money as an illustration of investing in His kingdom, and I am using a real-life story, but it is about using whatever you must be a blessing to others. For me, at that time, it was money.

What do you have? What is your S.H.A.P.E.?

Spiritual Gifts, Heart (passion), Ability, Personality, Experiences.

Well, by the end of that year, we not only got out of debt, but I was also the top sales representative for the nationwide company we were a part of!

Then, a couple of years later, I had a vision while in prayer. Grain was falling from the sky on top of me. As it began to reach my neck, I realized that I was going to be suffocated by it, so I began throwing handfuls away from me as fast as I could. I then said to the Lord, “If I keep giving this out there won’t be any left for me!” He replied, “Wrong. That’s why it was released from heaven in the first place.”

Wow! Shortly after that, we opened our third, then fourth locations. We ended up obliterating industry records that had been standing for over fifty years! Vice Presidents from other companies were flying into San Diego to find out what we were doing. We would tell them that we serve Jesus and His kingdom.

One Friday I was at work and something very odd happened. I did not make a single sale. Now, understand, I was making about two hundred sales per weekend. I came back on Saturday ready to make up for a poor showing the night before and I did not make a single sale again! The next day I went to church, gave a little extra in the offering (wink), and went back to work. Not a single sale!

Then, towards the evening I made a promise to the Lord. The next morning, I was going to a Christian ministry convention and I told the Lord that I would give one hundred percent of all my commissions from that moment till closing to that ministry. Immediately customers began pouring into our store and I could not sign them fast enough!

When we finally closed, I asked the Lord what that was about. He said, “I taught you how to prosper, now I am teaching you what it is for.”

That sounds like the Abrahamic covenant, doesn’t it?

“Get out of your country, from your family, and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you, and in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3

That blessing was not just to Abraham, but to all who are in Christ Jesus!

“And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29

I pray that this story inspires you to invest your life into the kingdom of God so that He can bless you so you can be a blessing!

John