Sunday, 7 November 2021

Title: The Best Investment
By Elder Bryan Lee  李惠隆

Matthew 19:29
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.

As a young Christian in 1976 and having graduated from college as a technical assistant in mechanical engineering,
I worked in the then Federal Workshop in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur servicing and repairing all sorts of Caterpillar heavy machinery commonly known as tractors and bulldozers. These were widely used in our country during those years of rapid development. Little did I know then that the inventor of these distinctly yellow colored machines is a very significant Christian man.

Robert Gilmore LeTourneau is perhaps the most inspiring Christian inventor, businessman and entrepreneur the world has ever seen. A sixth grade dropout, LeTourneau went on to become the leading earth moving machinery manufacturer of his day with more than 300 patents to his name.

His earth-moving machines helped the Allied forces to win the Second World War and construct the highway infrastructure of modern America and many other countries which forever changed the world.

Most importantly, his contribution to the advancement of the Gospel ranks him among the greatest of Christian Businessmen of the 20th century.

Famous for living on 10% of his income and giving 90% to the spread of the Gospel, he was an ardent supporter of the Billy Graham crusades all over the world.

When asked “Why did you give so much ?”
His response was “The question is not how much of my money I give to God, but rather how much of God’s money I keep for myself.” 

He died in 1969 and his legacy lives on in the LeTourneau University, a private interdenominational evangelical Christian university in Texas.

Like LeTourneau, we must constantly remind ourselves that our blessings are all from the Lord. The moment we think we are owners and have the sole right to do whatever we want with what we have, we are on dangerous grounds. You can only live significantly when God is in the equation of your life. I struggled every moment with this thought. I regularly remind myself that what I have is not mine. I am the steward – the investment manager.

If we invest wisely the returns are a hundred fold. Those are the words of our Lord in Matt 19:29. The return on our investment in the Kingdom is 10,000 per cent! That’s right! Not 100, not 1000 but 10,000! This is mind blowing compared to the meager average 2 per cent we currently get from the earthly banks.

We get a glimpse of such rewards from the Covid initiatives to the poor and destitute many of us were and are still involved in our church. The joy and smile you see on the faces of the recipients and the joy you feel as the giver is worth a thousand sunsets. You cannot buy these with money.

When John D Rockefeller died his accountant was asked this question: “How much did he leave behind ?”
The accountant answered, “Everything.”
Never has there been a time in living memory where we are reminded of so many deaths all over the world because of this pandemic. Death is the great equalizer for the rich and poor. Everything is left behind.

In his book “The Treasure Principle”, Randy Alcorn says we cannot take it with us but we can send it ahead.
LeTourneau kept 10 per cent and sent 90 per cent ahead.

What about us?

Prayer
Lord, teach us to lose our grip on our blessings and release them for the sake of your Kingdom. Help us to wisely invest the time, talents and treasures you have blessed us with so that these will yield a hundred fold for your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期日
2021 年 11 月 07日
主题:最佳投资
作者:李惠隆
翻译:林良億

马太福音 19:29 凡为我的名撇下房屋或是弟兄、姐妹、父亲、母亲、儿女、田地的,必要得着百倍,并且承受永生。

1976 年,作为一名年轻的基督徒,大学毕业后担任机械工程技术助理,我在当时位于吉隆坡Cheras的联邦车间工作,维修和修理各种卡特彼勒重型机械,通常被称为拖拉机和推土机。这些在我国快速发展的年代被广泛使用。当时我几乎不知道这些显眼的黄色机器发明者是一位非常特别的基督徒。

罗伯特·勒图尔诺(Robert Gilmore LeTourneau) 可能是世界上最鼓舞人心的基督教发明家、商人和企业家。六年级辍学,勒图尔诺继续成为他那个时代领先的土方机械制造商,以他的名义拥有 300 多项专利。

他的推土机帮助盟军赢得了第二次世界大战,并建造了现代美国和许多其他国家的公路基础设施,永远改变了世界。

最重要的是,他对传福音的贡献使他成为20世纪最伟大的基督教商人之一。

他以仅靠10%的收入生活,并将90%的收入用于传福音而闻名,他是葛培理在世界各地布道会的热心支持者。

当被问到“你为什么付出这么多?”
他的回答是:“问题不在于我给了上帝多少钱,而是我为自己保留了多少上帝的钱”。

他于 1969 年去世,他的遗产继续留在勒图尔诺大学,这是一所位于美国德州的私立无宗派福音基督教大学。

像勒图尔诺一样,我们必须不断提醒自己,我们的福气都是从上帝而来的。一旦我们认为自己是主人,有唯一的权利对我们所拥有的东西为所欲为,我们就处于危险的境地。只有当我们让上帝在我们生命中成为不可缺的一部分时,你才能活得有意义。我每时每刻都在为这个想法而挣扎。我经常提醒自己,我所拥有的不是我的。我是管家,是投资经理。

如果我们明智地投资,回报是一百倍。这是我们的主基督在马太福音 19:29 所说的话。我们在天国投资的回报是 10,000%!这是正确的!不是100,不是1000,而是10,000!与我们目前从世俗社会银行获得的微薄平均 2% 相比,这令人震惊。

我们从一些针对疫情的倡议中瞥见了这些对穷人和赤贫者的回报,我们中的许多人过去和现在都参与教会的事工。你在接受者脸上看到的喜悦和微笑,以及你作为赠送者所感受到的快乐,胜过一千次日落。你无法用金钱买到这些。

当约翰·洛克菲勒(John D Rockefeller)去世时,他的会计师被问到:“他留下了多少?”
会计回答:“全部。”

在人们的记忆中,从来没有一个时期让我们想起全世界有这么多人因为这种大流行病而死亡。死亡是富人和穷人最大的平衡器。一切都带不走。

在蓝迪·艾库恩(Randy Alcorn)的《宝藏原则》一书中,他提到我们不能随身携带它,但我们可以提前发送。勒图尔诺只保留 10%, 并发送剩下的90%。

那我们呢?

祷告:主啊,教我们放下对祝福的控制欲,为了你的国度不紧握祝福。帮助我们明智地投资你赐予我们的时间、才能和财富,这样它们将为你的国度带来百倍的收益。奉主耶稣的名。阿门。