As I was pondering what to write about this week, a thought and challenge came to me.
We are all shareholders. Let me explain.
A shareholder, also referred to as a stockholder, is a person, company, or institution that owns at least one share of a company's stock, which is known as equity. These rewards come in the form of increased stock valuations, or as financial profits distributed as dividends.
We the people are God’s greatest investments. Here is a passage about a treasure, and that includes you and me.
“Heaven’s kingdom realm can be illustrated like this: A person discovered that there was hidden treasure in a field. Upon finding it, he hid it again. Because of uncovering such treasure, he was overjoyed and sold all that he possessed to buy the entire field just so he could have the treasure. Heaven’s kingdom realm is also like a jewel merchant in search of rare pearls. When he discovered one very precious and exquisite pearl, he immediately gave up all he had in exchange for it.”
-Matthew 13:44-46 TPT
The footnotes to this passage reads: “The most accepted interpretation of this parable is that Jesus is the treasure, but Jesus taught that the field is the world (v.38). The allegory breaks down, for a believer doesn’t sell all he has (works) and then buy the world to find Jesus (the treasure). It is more plausible to view the hidden treasure as a symbol of you and me. Jesus is the man who sold all that He owned, leaving His exalted place of glory to come and pay for the sin of the whole world with His own blood just so He could have you, His treasure. Heaven’s kingdom realm is experienced when we realize what a great price Jesus places on our souls, for He gave His sacred blood for us. The re-hiding of the treasure is a hint of our new life, hidden in God.”
It’s so beautiful the depiction of His passionate pursuit for us. The world says invest, invest, invest. The kingdom of God does too. I hope you can see that here today.
What is one of our currencies? Our words!
“Everything you speak to me is like joyous treasure, filling my life with gladness.”
-Psalms 119:111 TPT
We have an opportunity every day to be a people who fill other’s lives with gladness.
These are holy exchanges.
Our exchanges carry changes.
I hope you can hear the play on words here.
WOULD you like your change? CENTS
Yet, we have the same opportunity to invest into someone else a piece of ourselves that has changed and give a piece of our presence to them.
I know what you’re thinking: But Micah, how can you sustain this kind of exchange in this toxic take, take, take society?
By asking the Holy Spirit to come into your everyday comings and goings. He sustains you. We don’t rely on our own strengths. We call on our eternal resources bank. They are available every day. Our Heavenly Father is rich in resources waiting to be captured.
Christ died on the cross to have intimacy with us. Before the cross, there was a boundary to accessing His presence. Since the cross, the barrier has been removed. His life and resurrection was the key to our final destination. Yet, while we live in this realm called earth, we have benefits to being His child. When you invited Him into your heart, that invitation is the beginning of a new life of including Him in your life. This is an “abiding in the vine” kind of living.
Have you ever been asked, “what does so and so like?” And when you go to answer, you realize you know more about what they don’t like, than what they do. I want you to know what I do like more than what I don’t like. For that to happen, we have to speak positively. We have to share our needs with others, the “what we would like” needs. This is not a hunny-to-do list. This is a “heart checking on me” kind of list.
When I finally understood my position as a daughter of the King, my purpose and worldview was exchanged. So, I want to encourage you today. Know your purpose has purposeful meaning. Seek to understand your purpose each day. Write it, say it, speak into it. Your purpose is here, until Jesus says to each of us, “come now, My dear.” Until then, know each of us has purpose in our being here until there, Amen.
My challenge is to you, my menders, who are good writers. Write your thoughts or quotes every day in your notes or text them to yourself. Try to find a good word to share, for you have shareholders waiting for your words everywhere.
You have shareholders waiting for you!!!
Until next time,
Connect to the Mender.
Be a Sender.