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Investing in the Next Generation

In the Old Testament, when people walked faithfully with God, He chose to bless their descendants. Conversely, when people sinned, their children and grandchildren suffered the consequences. Sadly, some people, like Levi, Samuel, David and Solomon, were so busy leading God’s people that they neglected to raise up their own children to follow the Lord. We cannot remain indifferent to how we live our lives, for they can cause great suffering for those who come after us.

Paul worked hard to preach the Gospel, plant churches and disciple believers throughout his Christian life. Yet he also intentionally invested in the next generation. He took young men like John Mark and Timothy with him on his mission trips so they could continue the work long after he no longer could. When Timothy grew discouraged by the carnality of the people in the church, Paul encouraged him in how to correct them. Oh, that every Christian young man or woman had a Paul to cheer them on when times grew difficult!

“The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him” (Proverbs 20:7, NKJV).

The objective of Winning Ways Foundation is to encourage the youths, with the importance of ministry. To teach and correct the youths that are grieved by the circumstances around them. We urge all our brothers and sisters to hold on to such motives.

Investing in the future

Many people actively follow the stock market and analyze the growth or decline in their retirement funds. Unfortunately, we are not always as studious when it comes to understanding the character and growth of our own heart. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Jesus fully understood human nature. He did not say that we invest in what we care about. He declared that our heart follows our money! If we dole out substantial amounts of money on material things, those things will consume our affections and attentions. If we buy a stock or a dream home, we will immediately give them our attention and concern.

That was the rich young ruler’s dilemma. He wanted to care about eternal things, but his wealth was committed to temporal concerns. Jesus invited him to become His disciple and to help change the world, but he could not escape money’s grip on his life. Perhaps the reason his story is recounted in three of the four Gospels (Matthew 19:16-22; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 18:18-23) is because so many of us identify with him and his struggle.

It is not wrong to be rich, but if you possess wealth, it has to be for the glory of God.