A Guaranteed Investment posted by jwatson on Mar 19, 2011
Investments can be tricky. The financial markets have recently reminded us of this, haven’t they? “Sure things” were anything but and “impossibly good deals” proved to be just that.
However, there was one guaranteed investment for followers of Christ. In fact, it still exists and is assured by the Lord Jesus himself:
“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 (Matthew 6:19-21, ESV).”
Note three things about an investment for eternity:
- The investment is secure, where “…neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” The common enemies of wealth on earth cannot touch what is laid up in Heaven.
- The investment is for our advantage: “…lay up for yourselves…” Jesus says that the investment benefits ourselves, not just others. We don’t just give to those in need; we give because we are in need. We are helping to prepare our eternity by supporting God’s Kingdom purposes now.
- Your heart follows your investment. Most of us get this backwards: we give where our hearts tell us to. But note the order: “…where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Your heart follows your giving. As we allow the clear dictates of Scripture to direct our giving, our emotions will follow.
Would you like a secure gift that you can feel good about? Lay up for yourself treasure in Heaven by purposing a gift for EE today. You will realize benefits now and happy returns later.
As one donor recently told me, “I can’t think of a better place to put my money—can you?”
Charles Burge is available to provide stewardship guidance. He can be reached via phone at (954)465-2241 or email at [email protected].