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 “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.” Matthew 6:19-20 (NKJV)

I got a chance to get away with my wife Carol this week to celebrate our anniversary and to just plain relax.  We made our usual jaunt up the cost to Pismo California, where we often will stay at the Shore Cliff Lodge.  The sound of the ocean waves crashing against the cliffs make for excellent sleep, and a great place to read or write, as I am doing now.   

We have been told the owner of this hotel actually owns a total of 5-different hotels along the coast here, and has just steadily added to her portfolio of investment properties.  As I thought about this I couldn’t help but think about the principle of investing wisely.  There is something very rewarding about investing money into something you know will bring you back a great return.  There is a saying, “Money begets money,” and there is much truth to this it becomes much easier to invest into financial opportunities if you have the money to invest.  If you don’t have the money then the opportunity isn’t really much of an opportunity, and you will not profit as such. 

This principle of investing isn’t mutually exclusive to money, as it actually applies to pretty much anything we can contribute our efforts into.  I don’t know about you, but when I see someone who has invested wisely I am usually prompted to think about my own investments.  Not in a coveting type of way mind you, but more of in a challenging type of way—I will usually ask myself if I am being a good steward of what God has given me. 

Ultimately I think each of us has a responsibility to make good investments.  Let’s face it, when it comes to using our money we will all be tempted at some point to take our resources and to spend them on the things we know will make us happy immediately, but we also know these things are only temporary.

The same thing holds true with how we use our time.  Taking time to invest into the lives of others will require us to use our most precious resource, but if we are doing it as unto the Lord then we can be confident of great returns as well. When we invest into the kingdom of God we will be blessed with eternal rewards, and these will not perish.  I cannot wait to get to heaven to see my true investment portfolio.

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things.  Let’s use what God has given us to further the opportunity of others experiencing a relationship with Jesus. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 6:19-20 what did Jesus command us to invest into?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to take your resources and invest them into others for the kingdom of God?

APPLICATION: Let’s ask God to guide us into the lives of other people so we can invest into them for kingdom purposes, whether it be our money or our time.

LET’S PRAY: Father, Thank You for giving us every resource we possess.  Help us to invest into the lives of others Lord as if we are investing into You.  Help us to not be discouraged when we don’t see the fruit of these investments immediately.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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