Distressed Investment is a business term that refers to a practice when investors specifically seek out companies that are performing poorly or are on the brink of bankruptcy but with the potential to get back on the right track. They then buy up the debt, take control and bring the business back to life through managerial re-engineering and rejuvenation.
The Kingdom of God is all about investing in people – transforming distressed lives. Jesus specifically seeks out for people that are distressed and on the brink of throwing away their lives. He then rescues them, and helps them live a more valuable life by showing them unconditional love, hope and meaning.
Jesus Christ was an entrepreneur by profession. He referred to His ministry on earth as the “Kingdom of God”, but earlier on Jesus called it, “My Father’s Business”. He said, the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him to bring good news to the poor, set the captives and the oppressed free, restore sight to the blind, and announce an imminent expression of the Lord’s favour to the world”. (Luke 4:18-19, John 10:10)
Before He went to heaven Christ charged His believers and said (in essence), “Surely, the works that I have done you can also do; in fact you will do even greater work than this after I’m gone.” “After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit”, Jesus continued, ” you will be my staff, spreading the Kingdom of God everywhere- starting from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and throughout the world” (John 14:12; Acts 1:8).
The main purpose and value of a Church is to engage in the business of transforming distressed lives – the poor, vulnerable, weak, addicts, offenders, and the marginalized – by giving them a fresh start in life by introducing them to God’s love, hope and meaning. Sadly though, today’s Church seems to have lost the plot. As one servant said recently, most Churches and Ministries look more like luxury cruise liners designed to tickle the ears, entertain its members and make them feel good instead of a place designed for life transformation and as a training camp for workers with passion for distressed souls. Most ministers are now more concerned about numbers (of well to do) members, financial prosperity, magnificent buildings and quality entertaining programs.
In principle, the Church is an enterprise that could also be called Kingdom of God Unlimited (KOGU) of which love is the sole mission and core value. Every Christian is an employee. Like any business entity, the KOGU has many different ministries or departments. Paul says although all Christians are members of the Church body they hold different responsibilities. The Holy Spirit is KOGU’s Chief Executive Officer. According to Romans 12:3-13 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 His job is to represent, direct and execute Jesus’ interests on earth. This includes, of course recruiting and managing Kingdom staff.
Today the Holy Spirit is challenging all of us who consider ourselves to be Christians to examine our core purpose and values. Just ask yourself these questions, “Am I really a Christian? If so what is my main core purpose in life and how many lives have I helped to transform?”
– By Noel D.M, Strength for Living, page 142