A Wise Investment

Investing. Such a broad topic yet so risky at the same time. Today we have many who invest their money and others who invest their time. There are those entrepreneurs who invest both their time and money into some business they believe will make it to the big time. There are others who invest their time into some sport or other hobby that helps them forget about their worries for a bit. There are some who invest themselves into giving back to their community. Regardless of what the investment may be, we all invest something of ourselves or our lives in general to something or someone we love and enjoy. Did you know that the scriptures teach us about wise investments? Christ tells us in Matthew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” There is nothing wrong with trying to make a wise investment with your money or even your time and efforts, but we must not let that get our focus off of the greatest investment of all. It’s time we started investing in what will never go bankrupt. If you ask any investor in wall street why they invest so much money they will tell you that they are trying to find security. They are trying to find that one investment that will allow them the security of a lifetime. Christ gives us that exact investment opportunity right there in the scriptures! A lesson I have had to learn recently is that there is no such thing as “security” in this life. Regardless of our career, our salary, our benefits or even our retirement plan, it can all be taken away in a moment. There are unfortunate individuals waking up and going to work in the morning and coming home unemployed. There are those who have spent their lives saving and working towards that perfect retirement only to have it snatched right out from under them in only a moment. Paul tells us that we are living in “perilous” times. This means that we are living in dangerous times. What you have today can be taken away tomorrow. So though there is nothing wrong with working hard and planning ahead, we have no guarantees in this life. But according to the scriptures we can make an investment that will reap eternal returns. It’s an investment that can guarantee a productive return. What is this investment? It is the investment of ourselves to the will of God. Christ told us to “lay up treasures in Heaven.” He even goes on to ensure us that it can never be stolen or corrupted. How do we make this investment? We do so by finding the Will of God and living in such a manner that pleases the Lord. If you make an investment on wall street, you must be willing to make that investment with your money with the knowledge that you may not get it back. In other words, you have to be willing to give up something very important to you with the hopes that someone else is gonna do something bigger and better with it and provide you with more in the end. The same is true of our eternal investment. We must be willing to invest to God that which is near and dear to our hearts with the faith that God is going to take that little bit that we give Him and turn it into much more than we ever dreamed possible! You can never make a return on an investment without first making the investment! Though we know that our salvation and our eternity is not based on the works of our own hands, we often lack the blessings of God because we don’t have enough faith that He will bless us. We must see it to believe it these days. James tells us in the New Testament that we have not because we ask not. We must be willing to give to the Lord that thing which we love the most. Whether it be our career, our spouse, our family, our money or even our time we must be willing to give it up to the Lord. Christ tells us in Matthew 6 that where our treasure is, there will our heart be also. So the big question is “Where’s your heart?” Christ gave us all He had. The least we can do is give Him our lives to use as He sees fit. Here in this life we must do the best we can with what we’ve got, but never let that take your focus away from giving all you’ve got to the One who gave you everything.

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