NUGGETS OF FIRE PROOF INVESTMENTS
Philippians 4:15 “And you know, too, Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I went out from Macedonia, not one Congregation shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Because even at Thessalonica you sent more than once to meet my needs. 17 I do not say this because I seek a gift, but I seek the fruits of the gospel multiplying to you. 18 But I have all things and more than enough; I have been filled, receiving from Epaphroditus the things from you, and it was welcomed as a fragrant perfume, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to Yahweh.”
Verse 17 in the King James reads, “Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.”
Years ago, when I first read verse 17, it blew my mind to discover that Yahweh keeps books on all humans! Did you think mankind invented the accounting industry? No, my friends, Yahweh is the Master Accountant. Yahweh invented accounting. He keeps a set of books on every one of us. His angels keep all kinds of records on all of us. There are no secrets in the Kingdom of Yahweh.
Up until just a few years ago, I only knew of one way to account for my financial and other gifts into Yahweh’s Kingdom. I was like everyone else, I wrote off my gifts, donations, and charitable contributions as an expense, literally posting my dollar amounts to an expense account in my personal finance software. Some believers even consider their donations into Yahweh’s Kingdom as tax-deductible gifts and write them off on their taxes. Yahweh showed me many years ago that this is incorrect thinking, worldly thinking, not Godly thinking.
Our contributions into Yahweh’s Kingdom should be reckoned as investments, FIRE PROOF INVESTMENTS, not as expenses. Whether or not you use personal finance software, or an app, or just a good old fashioned pencil and paper financial system, you should create a charitable contributions ASSET account. Your donations to your church and other ministries is an investment in Yahweh’s eternal Kingdom. If you reckon your contributions as expenses instead of as investments, your kingdom Reward Of Inheritance (Col. 3:24) for that giving goes away from your life every year when you clear your expense accounts. Today, I encourage you to set up a charitable contributions investment asset account on your books of account. If you are not comfortable doing that yourself, ask your accounting professional, or tax person to help you. Just tell them you want to move your charitable giving from your P&L or Income Statement to your Balance Sheet. What a great opportunity to teach your accountant about Yahweh’s Kingdom ways! Yahweh’s Kingdom is permanent. Posting your giving to a permanent Kingdom Fire Proof Investment account is the way to give permanence to your giving. It will help you see your giving move from the temporal realm into the eternal spiritual realm of Yahweh’s Kingdom, where it multiplies into your future.
But guess what? Even if you give all your wealth into the Kingdom, and even if you win millions of souls for Yeshua, Yahweh still owes you nothing in return, but Yeshua is going to reward you. Mat 16:24-27 “Then Yeshua said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and let him bear his execution stake, and let him follow Me. 25 For whoever may desire to save his life will lose it. But whoever may lose his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what will a man be benefited if he should gain the whole world, but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give as an exchange for his soul? 27 For it is necessary for the Son of man to come in the glory of his Father. And then with his holy angels he will reward each man according to his work.” Rev 22:12 “And behold, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to give to each according to his work.”
I do not say this because I seek a gift, but I seek the fruits of the gospel multiplying to you. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
References: Luke 16:2; Rom 14:12. See also Isa 40:10, 62:11; Mat 5:12, 10:41-42; Mar 9:41; Luke 6:35; 1 Cor 3:8,14; 1 Cor 9:17-18; Col 3:24; Rev. 11:18, 22:12.