Companies spend thousands, (some millions...) of dollars in advertising to get the word out about their products and services.
The motivation to spend the money, comes from 2 factors:
- A sincere belief that their product or service is better than their competitor.
- A hopeful belief that their advertising dollars will turn a profit for the company.
This leads to teams being formed within companies who begin collaborating to decide WHAT will work, HOW it will work, WHO will design the ads and WHERE the ads will be placed.
At the end of the fiscal year, they look back and either rejoice in the ROI, or regroup and plan better for the next year.
Now compare this to biblical Christianity...
Every born-again Christian has been commanded by God to get the word out.
Mark 16:15 Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Our motivation to give and invest in the kingdom of God should come from 2 factors:
- A sincere belief, based on God's word as truth, that what we have is far better than our competitors.
Who's our competitor?
Those that are enemies of the gospel.
Who are enemies of the gospel?
Every works-based religion, self-help program, humanistic philosophy, and every system that sets itself up against Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
- A hopeful belief, that God will use US in His plan to save lost souls.
In the book of Acts, they all came together to look back at all God had done.
Acts 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
With all that said, here's the question:
WHY do so many Christians spend thousands of dollars & hours, (some millions over a lifetime...) on hobbies, sports, eating out, their business, cars, trucks, tractors, houses & lavish vacations KNOWING that it will all pass away; YET they don't put that same type of emotional energy and personal finances into the furtherance of the gospel?
You can't beat the ROI: eternal rewards, souls saved for eternity, God glorified! What other motivation do you need?
How 'bout you?
Is it time to rejoice or regroup?