Investments

March 22, 2021

Investments

By Russell George

We make investments in hopes of getting a good return from them. Many, throughout their life, invest money in things like mutual funds. It is wise to choose a financial adviser who studies the markets to know which investments will give the best returns. When it comes time for us to retire, it is a great consolation to know that we have money set aside for retirement.

This article deals with spiritual investments. They always have a good rate of return. There are a number of ways that we can make spiritual investments. If we have a disciplined Christian life, we will take time each day for a personal devotional time. It is a time when we read the Bible and spend time in prayer. Some of the time can be spent in praising the Lord for all he has done for you and what he continues to do for you. Some time will also be spent in sharing our needs and seeking God’s direction in decisions we need to make. Throughout every day we make decisions. We need to ask God to help us make the right decisions. Our personal devotional time is an investment we make. In return we get a closer personal relationship with God. We gain knowledge from God’s Word that helps us have discernment. That is of great value.

In the first Psalm, in speaking of the blessed man, says in verses 2-3 thatHis delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” God wants to bless us, but what we get from God depends, in some measure, in what we give to him. The time we spend in personal devotions is an investment of our time. The two basic investments we make are in time and money.

Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Another investment a good Christian makes is in faithful church attendance. There may be some financial investment, but most of it is in our time. We should go to church to worship and praise the Lord, but as a result of it, we shall grow spiritually from the teaching and preaching of God’s Word. Don’t go to church for what you expect to get from the church, but you will be richly blessed if you go.

Christian parents can testify to the rich dividends they receive from their investment in the spiritual nurture and growth of their children. My mother-in-law made the mistake of marrying an unsaved man so she didn’t have his help in the spiritual nurture of her nine children. She made a tremendous investment in them by taking them to Sunday school and church every Sunday. She had a daily devotional time with them. She taught them how to pray and helped each one make a decision to accept Christ as his or her Savior. To this day they all follow the Lord faithfully.

My wife and I can testify to the tremendous blessing we have received from the investment we made in the spiritual needs of our six children. They have all continued to walk with God. Some Christian parents have had the unfortunate experience of seeing one or more of their children leave God out of their lives in spite of the investment they made in them. That is the exception rather than the normal. Christian parents who invest time and money in the spiritual growth of their children are much less likely to suffer from the heartache of having a wayward child.

The investment Christian parents make in their children is more often in time than in money. There may be some monetary investment in them. They need to buy them Bibles and good reading material. Another monetary investment they can make in their children is in sending them to a good Christian school or home schooling them. The result of that is that they will get a much better education than most children are getting in public schools.

Another spiritual investment we can make is in terms of our giving. Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Caution; don’t give just for the expectation of getting. What God gives back to us is not always money. He has many other ways of blessing us. We should never think of spiritual investments in terms of what we hope to get in return. We should serve the Lord because we love him and want to please him. The better part of our spiritual investments will come to us after we get to heaven. Matthew 6:19-20 says, “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.” We will have all eternity to enjoy those dividends.

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