Last week I told you a story about someone who made poor investment choices. This week I’d like to tell you the story of someone who chose to invest their time, their talents, and their treasures very wisely.
Robert LeTourneau would introduce himself by saying, “I’m just a mechanic that God has blessed…” A high school dropout, he taught himself electrical and mechanical engineering, and started a small business moving dirt. He went on to build a massive manufacturing operation with plants on four continents. He had more than 300 patents to his name and made major contributions to road construction and heavy equipment that forever changed the world.
At the suggestion of his wife Evelyn, they began living on ten percent of his income and gave away ninety percent to Christian work, especially missionary efforts around the world. Even when his business was in financial jeopardy, he continued giving his sacrificial pledges to Christ’s work. “The question” he said, “is not how much of my money I give to God, but rather how much of God’s money I keep for myself.”
For over thirty years he traveled across the U.S., Canada, and other countries sharing his testimony about the satisfaction and joy of serving Jesus Christ. He acknowledged his responsibility to God by investing millions of dollars in missionary development projects in Liberia, West Africa, and South America, bringing the Gospel, education, and medical aid to thousands. He started LeTourneau Polytechnic University in Longview, Texas where engineers, scientists, and aviators are trained how to use their education and God given talents for His glory.
Paul viewed the finances that the Philippians gave him as a “…fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.” (Phil. 4:18) Giving to God’s work goes far beyond a financial transaction. For Christians, giving to God is an act of worship! When talking about money, Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” So, according to Jesus, our “checkbook” reveals where our hearts are. It an indicator of His sovereign rule over our lives and our gratitude to God for all of His mercies.
Whether you move dirt, or whatever you do, I trust you’ll be encouraged to worship the Lord with all that He has given you, not just this Sunday, but every day!
Grace and Peace,
P.S. I’m very excited to start our new sermon series through the book of Psalms next Sunday. You can read all the way through if you take just five a day! Ok, some of them are longer than others…J, but you’ll be blessed as you prepare for “Cries of the Heart: Psalms for Summer”.