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January 19, 2010

Question of the Week: Doing Something

Let's talk about advancing the Kingdom of God.


The Question of the Week is the same question I asked my small group last night:

If you were given $1,000 and told to use that money to advance the Kingdom of God in some way, what would you do?

I'm really curious to see your answers, so please post in the Comments section below. I'll excerpt several of your answers for Part 2 of this post, which will be coming soon.

posted by Sam O'Neal on January 19, 2010 2:42 PM

Related Tags: Missions, Money


I've often thought that signwriting key scriptures onto my vehicle would be a good idea. Magnetic signs with different messages that could be changed every so often is an alternative.

Putting thoughts into action is the challenging bit.

My initial question in response to this challenge is "how can I maximize the impact on people's lives with these funds?" Of course, giving cash to the needy would bless those individuals, donating to a charitable organization would further the humanitarian cause, and giving to my church missions fund would help to spread the gospel to the farthest corners of the earth. I suppose I could prioritize those avenues and then break up the $1,000 to give to each accordingly...

But, I am also interested in being a faithful servant. According to Matthew, being faithful is increasing that which we've been entrusted. So, now I'm asking, "how can I multiply that $1,000, and make it $10,000 before I give it away?"

Some ideas:

Go to Chick-fil-a, or another local eatery and ask for meal cards at a discount. e.g. If I strike a deal that gets me a free sandwich card for $1, and I buy 1,000 cards, then I now have $2,600 worth of sandwiches and have only spent $1,000.

Use social media to offer people an opportunity to match funds with me. e.g. I am giving $1,000 to this organization, will you give just $5? If my 500 facebook friends each give $10, then I've turned $1,000 into $6,000.

I think that I would do whatever I could to turn the $1,000 into at least 10 times that much, and then give it away.

An equally valid question is, "What are you going to do with the $20 that is in your wallet?"

Josh Hunt
Good Questions Have Groups Talking

These are some great ideas. I really like the idea of getting more for your money, as you say Matt. And Josh, you may have anticipated Part 2 of this post...

There have been some other good suggestions that came in through Twitter. For example, @ebordenHU said, "Pay someone's past due bills." I like that one.

And Kirby Holmes added this through Twitter: "Have house gatherings 1X a month for 3 mo. for 20-50 people (2/4 SG) spend little $ on food,worship,scripture,talk & give $ to serve tgthr."

[Gotta love the language variations that pop up when you only have 140 characters.]

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