Spiritual Investments

This week, I have had something pretty heavy upon my heart. That is investing in people, especially those who are called into ministry. This includes those who have been wounded in the Lord’s service (mainly by those who say they love Jesus) and those who are young in ministry. While I had some good mentors, I encountered several pastors who looked down upon me because I was in my early 20s. Some would say, “Let me know if I can help you.” They were obviously a broken record because they said it repeatedly without following through. 

If you have been a believer for a while, invest in someone else. Text them. Call them. Have lunch with them. Don’t be condescending, but encourage them and help them realize the potential they have in Jesus Christ.

There are countless men and women with a call on their lives, and they are being eaten alive by the enemy before they have a chance to get started. Help them be victorious over the enemy. Don’t let them be a casualty!

God did not save you so you could simply enjoy your one-way ticket to Heaven. You have an assignment. Find it and do it. God will be glorified and hell will tremble at your obedience. Let’s make the devil nervous!

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

9 thoughts on “Spiritual Investments”

      1. I wrote about this today. Last night I was thinking about blogging. If I only were to bring one soul to Christ, and I blogged every day for a hundred years, it would be worth it! Jesus Christ is the answer to all the people’s problems here on earth. We HAVE to share the Gospel.

      2. That’s a good reminder for me to persevere! We are tempted in this life to want big results from a human perspective. Only 1 of 10 lepers went back to thank Jesus. If Jesus only received minimal results, and 90 percent only came to Him for what they could get, how are we any better? This is a great challenge to keep ministering for the one who will gladly receive the Word and act upon it.

      3. We often want those results to validate our efforts, this is only human nature. But you know the Bible says to lay our treasures up in heaven…the eternal work is all that matters.

        A tree takes a long time to grow, it builds ring by ring, year after year. The slower growing trees are biologically stronger than faster growing trees, they withstand storms much better. Take an oak versus a Brazilian pepper tree. Pepper trees grow so fast, there wood snaps easily in the wind. Our ministries are like that as well. Be an oak tree, slow steady growth is truly productive on ALL levels, not just the here and now, but they are long lasting into the future.

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