Investing in the Things That Matter Most is the subtitle of my book that is now available here on my website or at http://amazon.com. You and I are investors. That’s true. And I will show you how we are investors, if you will continue to read for the next couple of minutes.
Investing is a biblical idea.
What do you generally think about when you see or hear the word investing? If you are like most people, you probably think about the stock market, houses, land, automobiles, rare coins, jewelry, or something else you can invest in for a good return on your money.
The Bible has a lot to say about money and investing. Making money through honest investments is not condemned in the Bible. The Bible actually teaches us to be wise in how we earn and use it.
The problem with money comes when we set our heart on it. Paul has a severe warning about loving money in 1 Timothy 6:9, “ Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.” He continues the case against loving money with these familiar words in verse 10, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil…”
So, what is the Bible’s main focus about investing? Money is an important part of the biblical teaching about investing but there is more, much more.
What are we investing?
If you’ve spent much time reading and meditating on the scriptures, you realize God is a “jealous” God who wants us as his own. Our money is not his priority. Our heart is what he wants.
In light of what God has done through Christ to save us, Paul makes a very explicit statement about the fact that God wants our complete life and devotion, “..Present your bodies (life) a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Romans 12:1.
The bottom line is that we belong to God. Everything we have and are belongs to him. What then do we have to invest? We have our life and all that comes with it.
We have money and the possessions God has provided. What else? We have time, twenty-four hours every day to put at God’s disposal. We have influence with our family and friends we can use for God’s honor. We have words we can use to impart wisdom and encouragement to our children, our spouse, and a friend. We have ears to listen to others who need an understanding and caring friend.
When you think about it, we have lots to invest, don’t we?
Investing in the things that matter most
Each of us is investing in something every day? The question is, “Are you being smart in how you are investing?” Are you investing in the things that matter most?
Jesus says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up or yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21.
I have only given a hint at what I believe the Bible teaches about the things that matter most. Maybe this picture will give you another hint about some of the things that matter most in life.
What do you think is the biblical answer to this question, “What matters most in life?” Are you investing in the things that matter most? What you choose to invest your life in will determine who you become and the relative degree of true happiness in your life.
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