(Summary of The Kingdom Summit 2015 session by Bola Adams)
PURPOSE OF CAPITAL IN THE KINGDOM
MEANING OF CAPITAL
Capital is relating to ‘assets that add to the long term worth of a corporation’; it is whatever asset God has bestowed or invested in us. It could be property, money, intellect, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, creativity, talent, connection, vision, unction, revelation, beauty or physique.
Examples of capital in the kingdom:-
- Political or financial
Joseph of Arimathea was a councilor and a rich man. Matthew 27:57-60 and Luke 23:50-53 talks about how he invested his political and financial capital in the kingdom. He asked for the body of Jesus Christ from Pontius Pilate and laid him in his brand, new tomb. He was probably like a councilor or a federal minister who was able to use his political capital for the benefit of the kingdom.
- Economic capital
Joseph, the son of Jacob, had economic capital in Egypt. He invested it to advance his family and brethren, and the Israelites, in the time of famine in the land of Egypt.
- Beauty and marital capital
Queen Esther was beautiful and that helped her become the first lady of the country. So when the people of Israel were in trouble, she invested her marital capital to deliver them.
- Spiritual capital
Joseph, in the land of Egypt, was blessed with intellect. The king wanted an answer that the political and economic advisors couldn’t give. He had spiritual and intellectual capital and he invested it. He became prime minister. And it benefited not only Egypt, but the entire world at that time including his own people.
This was also true in the case of Daniel and his friends in the land of Babylon. They were found to be 10 times better than their peers and they became top ranking officials. They stood their ground under intense persecution and even the king had to admit that there was no other God except the God of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
- Physical capital
Samson used his physique to deliver the Israelites. We see many athletes now who use their fame and success to advance the Kingdom.
CAPITAL IN ALL OF US
God has invested capital in every one of us.
Ephesians 4:7 says – ‘But unto every one of us’ – how many of us? Every one of us. He has ‘given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift’.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF CAPITAL IN THE KINGDOM?
The purpose of capital is for us to invest, trade, multiply and make profit out of it.
Genesis 1:27-28 says that ‘God said to Adam and Eve - be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and have dominion’.
Matthew 25:14-3 talks about the kingdom of heaven. It says ‘Kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country who called his servants and delivered unto them talents. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability. The person that was given the report, ‘he said – I have gained 5 more talents and the master said – well done, thou good and profitable servant’. So God is interested in us making profit. ‘Enter now into the joy of the Lord’.
‘Another came and said – I have gained two more. God wants us to gain. He said, well done, good and profitable servant. It means when you are making profit you are a good person. And the other person came and said – I was afraid so I went and hid my talents in the ground. And what did he tell him? He said – thou wicked! It is wickedness for you not to gain or make profit or advance. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’.
HOW DO WE INVEST THE CAPITAL?
- GOD’S KINGDOM
The first place we should invest is in God’s kingdom. ‘Honor thy God with the first fruits of all thine increase. So shall thy barns be filled with plenty and thy presses shall overflow’.
Example – the Israelites. When they were leaving Egypt, God said ‘I will grant you favor’. They got gold and silver. As soon as they got into the wilderness, the first thing God asked them to do was to collect an offering and to build Him a tabernacle that He may dwell in their midst. God was testing them to see if they would invest the capital that He had given them. As a result, God blessed them with houses that they did not build, cities they did not build, wells they did not dig and vineyards they did not plant.
Similarly, David took initiative to build a temple for God. God said that since no other king had thought of it besides David, He would give him an everlasting kingdom. That is why Jesus is a son of David.
Genesis 12:2 – ‘and I will bless thee and make thy name great and thou shall be a blessing and in this shall all the families of the air be blessed’.
1 Peter 4:10 – ‘as every man received the gift even so minister one to another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God’. So we need to invest the capital that God has given us in ourselves and in others. We need to remind ourselves that we are just stewards for whatever capital that God has given us and that one day God will reckon with us like the master of the servants who had been given talents.
Solomon gave God an unusual offering and God gave him uncommon wisdom and wealth.
- YOUR FAMILY
1 Timothy 5 says if any provide not for his own and especially for those of his own house he has denied the faith and he is an infidel.
Proverbs 13:22 – a good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.
There was a prophet who left debts for his children and his creditors came to take his children as collateral. This was not a good man. On the other hand, Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. And even gave gifts to the sons of his. Concubines. In fact, when Abraham sent Eleazer to Damascus to get a bride for his son, he loaded him with gold. So much so that when Eleazer met Rebecca, he could cover her with gold. We also see another example in Jacob who bequeathed his well for his children and many future generations. We see the same well in picture at Samaria where Jesus met the woman and asked her for water to drink.
So we should be praying for a generational blessing and a capital that will not deplete in our lifetime, but last for many generations.
- NEEDY AND POOR
Proverbs 19:17 says ‘he that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord and that which he has given will he pay him back again’. Example: Dorcas and Cornelius – they gave alms to the poor, to the needy. It was considered as a memorial. There are many charitable institutions that we can partner with. For the Bible says ‘I was naked and you clothed me, I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me to drink, I was sick, you visited me, I was in prison. He said enter. He said when did I see you? He said if you do it to any of these, you have done it for me’. Very few Pentecostal institutions are involved in charitable work. People know how to read the Bible and pray in tongues, but if they don’t know how to invest in the poor and needy, they won’t enter the Kingdom of God.
- MINISTERS OF GOD, MISSIONARIES
Example – Shunamite woman. She took initiative to invest in the life of Prophet Elisha. She was in need, but God made her life greater.
Mary Magdalene anointed Jesus with precious oil and until today she is relevant. Many institutions are named after her. Example – my brother is a minister in the Church of England and his church is called St. Mary Magdalene, the street is Mary Magdalene and the school of the children is St. Mary Magdalene. She gave quality perfume and until today it is still speaking for her. That is a good way to invest capital.
- FRIENDS, BRETHREN, STRANGERS AND ALL MEN.
Social welfare schemes that are practiced nowadays find their origin in the Bible. Acts 4:34 says – ‘neither was there any among them that lacked. For as many as were possessors of land, houses, sold and brought the prices of things sold and laid them at the apostles’ feet and distribution was made to everyone as they have need’. So let us invest in others around us.
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