Leverage – Part 3: Investing vs. Gambling

Posted: September 23, 2012 in Leverage
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ImageLeverage – Part 3: There is a difference between investing and gambling. Investing involves thorough analysis and research and a relatively high degree of principal security and expected rate of return. In contrast, putting resources into something with an expectation of gain without thorough analysis and research and without a high level of principal security and rate of return is gambling.

In Luke 5, Jesus tells Peter to casts his nets into the same waters that had just previously ‘profited’ nothing. Peter responded, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” What?! Would this be considered an investment on Peter’s part or a gamble? ImagePeter made a rash, on the spot decision to invest his time, talent and reputation into doing something that on the surface would seem like a huge gamble; especially since he had just been there… done that… with no results. However, upon deeper investigation, we realize that Peter was able to make that quick decision because he considered Jesus a good ‘investment’. If we go back one chapter prior in Luke 4, we find that Peter’s experience with Jesus was not only as a disciple, watching Him teach and perform miracles, but also on a very personal level. Jesus had healed Peter’s mother-in-law. So, what was probably considered a gamble to the other fishermen, Peter considered a sure investment. Why? In Peter’s quick ‘analysis and research’ of this ‘against the grain’ investment opportunity, Jesus represented a very high degree of principal security and expected rate of return. And, he was absolutely right.

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.

For some of us, leveraging our resources (time, talent & treasure) into the Kingdom of God is considered a high risk gamble and for some of us it’s a welcomed investment opportunity. Why the difference?  By definition and previous example, leveraging resources God’s way will only ever be considered an ‘investment opportunity’ rather than a ‘gamble’ when we have experienced the power of Jesus in our own lives. It’s only then, that we can have the confidence that we are placing our resources where the principal is always secure and the rate of return will always be ‘out of this world’.

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‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…’ Eph. 3:20

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