When I began my life journey as a young man, I would receive financial advice from others to make sure that I invested in my future. It seemed like everyone had an opinion on what I should do with the monies I earned each week. The great difficulty in looking to the future was that I was trying to survive in the present! It was hard in those early years to even think of making any long-term financial investments.
Years later, I began a new journey, a journey as a young Christian. I did not think much about investing at that time either. However, along the way, God has revealed a few things to me on the subject of investing and the following passages have been instrumental in reshaping my investment thinking.
Matthew 6:19–21 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 for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
In 2 Peter 3:10, we read, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”
I learned from these Scriptures that God was wanting me to turn from investing in earthly things and begin investing in the eternal. Earthly treasures eventually rot and if my investments are stored up in a bank somewhere, chances are all my desires are in there too.
Secondly, Peter makes it clear that on the “day of the Lord,” the final day of His great judgment, all earthly investments, including the Earth itself, will be burned up and destroyed! The old saying “here today, gone tomorrow” can be appropriately applied here.
It has taken a while, but God has certainly changed my investment strategy. I am convinced that the best investment of my time, money, and resources, is in the spreading of the Gospel. The return is eternal.
The word Gospel means good news and who would not want to invest in spreading some good news! However, to understand fully just how good the good news really is, a person must stand it alongside the bad news. The bad news is that all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and are deserving of God’s eternal wrath. The Gospel is good news because it communicates to us that we can be saved from God’s wrath by placing our faith and trust in the substitutionary death of Jesus on the cross for the penalty of our sin and enter into eternal life!
“Return on investment” is a term that is often used in financial circles. I am thinking that when I invest in sharing the Gospel and someone receives it, repents, and asks the Lord to rescue them, that is a pretty good return on investment.