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But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have ||erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
—1 Timothy 6:9-10

Investment is typically a term that is used when we think of financial matters and rarely thought of when we discuss matters of development and growth and few think of investment when we think of religion and spirituality but when we stop for a moment and begin to look at things from a bigger picture, when we subscribe to God’s word and follow His teachings, we are investing in ourselves and our future eternity.

When it comes to our checkbook and the way we handle money, most of us are careful and cautious but with our relationship with God and the way we live our lives, it is not always this way. We think about our future finances and rightfully so as we do not want to be broke and have to work on into our twilight years but when it comes to our eternal years, most of us do not give it much thought or put it off for tomorrow. Both of these avenues are great investments but it seems that only one area is seen as a priority.

Think about it for a second. Both areas of investment require commitment and some sacrifice. When you invest your money, you may not see it the return for a long time and the same may be true with Christ. With our money, we want the investment to multiply, greatly, but there are risks with any mortal investment but with Christ, when we commit our lives to Him and do our best for Him, there is no eternal risk. While there may be Earthly risks, our efforts are leading us in what Christ explains as “stored up treasure” (Matthew 6:19-21).

We may lose friendships and relationships while on Earth and maybe even our lives living for Christ but we are promised a greater reward that awaits those that serve the Lord faithfully (Matthew 10:41). Although money is something that makes the world turn around, we are told that we are to cherish and make Jesus our treasure and the reason for this is simple: when we cherish something, we will do whatever we can to keep it or to receive it. In other words, as the Bible explains, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21).

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
—Mark 8:35-37

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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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