• Jack Selcher

Profitable Faith

I saw a sign in a restaurant. “This is a non-profit organization. We didn’t plan it that way, but that’s how it worked out!” That’s bad for an organization. It’s worse to be a non-profit individual.

Could you find ten people to share specifically how your Christian faith has profited them? You can be profitable to others in at least four ways.

You can be profitable through teaching. Paul told the Ephesian church elders, “You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house” (Acts 20:20, NIV).

Profitable teachers have a desire to teach. They know their subject. They have the ability to communicate, patience, and a sense of humor. Not all teaching is profitable.

William A. Ward said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”1

You inspire through a combination of right doctrine and right practice. The less the gap, the better. Persistently apply God’s word to your daily life. Tell your students how you’re doing that. Be specific. Be real.

Your life is profitable when you testify to the life-changing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sharing your personal testimony with those who aren’t yet Jesus’ followers can spark a desire in them to follow Him. Paul’s ministry wasn’t to save souls but to bear witness to the gospel of the grace of God (verse 24). God is responsible for the results.

Your life is profitable to others when you care for both yourself and them (verse 28). You care for yourself by feeding on God’s word. It can build you up. It makes you strong, faithful, and profitable (verse 32).

Barbells build muscles; books, the mind; and the Bible, the person. Your pastor’s input isn’t enough. Mature Christians feed themselves from God’s word. That equips them to feed others.

You become profitable to others by giving. It frees you from coveting. Covetousness is slavery to material things. You can’t effectively serve and be profitable to people if your first allegiance is to things

A man in his seventies was a dishwasher in the Lifeline Mission on the San Francisco waterfront. When he died, he gave $150,000 to the mission and $128,000 to a Christian college. He wanted to give his time, energy, and money to the Lord’s work. He experienced the blessings of a giving lifestyle (Acts 20:35).

It’s easier to give your money than yourself. Profitable faith does both.


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