Eternal Investment #4 – Investment Options
Katrina Young | Nursery & Pre-K Director
My husband recently started a new job with a company that offered great benefits. This meant changes to the plans we had in place for retirement. Meeting with the financial advisor to go over our investment options, the first questions that he asked were to find out what kind of people we are. The goal was to find out if we are “risk takers, moderate, or conservative.” Based on our answers he then makes a plan how to grow our funds. Watching the market, he will move things around risking what we have given him to make it grow into more than what it was. The process is unsettling, giving over all that we have to such uncertainty.
In Luke 18 when the wealthy man asked how to inherit eternal life, Jesus said to him, “Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” The man was very sad because he was very rich. Our earthly wealth or the lack of has nothing to do with true wealth; the only treasure that matters is the treasure we lay up in Heaven. Jesus taught in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…”
We are all called to “invest into the Kingdom,” and each of us has been given a gift to further the cause. 1 Peter 4:10 says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” Our paths may be very different, and we may have different investment options. Some may be missionaries in a third world country, a high-risk investment in the world we live in today. Some may serve quietly and conservatively, while others serve more moderately working with youth. Matthew 16:27 adds, “For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.”
Finally, 1 Timothy 6:7 says, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
The markets are volatile but eternity is certain – follow Jesus! He is a wise investment!