As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to invest in the lives of others. But where do we start?

In today’s reading, we will explore the first step towards investing in others: investing in God’s commands.

Jesus gave us a clear commandment before He ascended into heaven: “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). This is not a suggestion or an option for us as believers. It is a commandment that must be obeyed if we want to fulfill our calling as followers of Jesus.

But how do we balance this calling with other aspects of our lives? How do we step out of our comfort zones and invest in the lives of others?

The first step is to focus on Jesus Himself. We cannot make disciples without knowing and following the one who commanded us to do so. We need to pass the tests that come our way, recognizing that they are opportunities for growth and development.

We also need to recognize that we have the bread of life within us. The Holy Spirit lives inside each believer, giving us everything we need to live out God’s commands. We may not feel equipped or ready, but if we trust in God and rely on His strength, He will give us everything we need.

Investing in God’s commands also means multiplying what He has given us. Whether it’s money, time, advice, or opportunities, everything is a gift from God that should be used for His Kingdom purposes. We should have expectations to distribute what He has given us rather than keeping it for ourselves.

Furthermore, true investment means creating opportunities for others to succeed. Investing involves more than just giving someone money or resources; it involves walking alongside them and helping them develop their skills and abilities so they can reach their full potential.

Finally, investing means being faithful even when we don’t see immediate results. Discipleship is a process that takes time and effort. We may not see the fruit of our labor immediately, but if we are faithful and obedient to God’s commands, He will use our efforts for His glory.

Investing in others begins with investing in God’s commands. We must focus on Jesus, multiply what He has given us, create opportunities for others to succeed, and be faithful even when we don’t see immediate results. As we follow these principles, we will be able to make disciples of all nations and invest in the lives of those around us for the sake of God’s kingdom.