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Investing in People

Galatians 5:13,14 My brothers and sisters, God chose you to be free. But don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful selves. Instead, serve each other with love. The whole law is made complete in this one command: “Love your neighbour the same as you love yourself.”

I want you to think of the one person on planet Earth that frustrates you the most, that annoys you the most. Picture their face. Okay, now let me ask you this: What is God calling you today to do for that one person?

These days it seems that precious few people are prepared to invest in others. Someone new starts in an organisation, they don’t quite fit the culture, so the manager thinks, “Oh no, too hard,” and out they go again. Or you see organisations take, take, take, without ever investing anything back into the individuals who make it all possible. It seems just to be the way of the world these days.

And yet the Son of God comes to earth, gets together a rag-tag bunch of disciples – fishermen, tax collectors – not a theologian or experienced manager or strategic planner amongst them, and then invests three and a half years of His life in them. And it wasn’t all easy going. They frustrated Him. They annoyed Him. “How long must I bear with this faithless generation?” He asks at one point.

Empowerment is such a management buzz phrase these days, yet sadly it happens all too infrequently.

I wonder what this world would look life if we poured our lives into the lives of others?

Galatians 5:13,14
My brothers and sisters, God chose you to be free. But don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful selves. Instead, serve each other with love. The whole law is made complete in this one command: “Love your neighbour the same as you love yourself.”

Who is it in your life, your family, in the organisation in which you work, that God is calling you to pour yourself into, to invest in, to empower? Who is it?

Serve each other with love.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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