Sunday, 7 November 2021
Title: The Best Investment
By Elder Bryan Lee 李惠隆
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?
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.
2021 年 11 月 07日
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。
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。
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。
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？”
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%。