Have you ever made a sizeable investment in something and then never cared how your investment performed? Unless you are so wealthy that you cannot keep track of all your investments, surely the answer is no.
When we invest in something, whether it be with our time, money, or other resources, we tend to care about that investment. We want the investment to be fruitful and worthwhile.
The Bible talks a lot about money and resources, perhaps because of the dangers of letting our money and resources control us. If you flip that around, though, and let the One who made you and knows what is best for you control your money and resources, life is so much better.
He is already in control. Why not trust Him? He is already Lord. Why not surrender to Him?
Investment is evidence of your faith, particularly when it comes to two areas…
1. Evidence of Commitment
An investment is evidence of commitment. You commit yourself to that in which you invest, particularly if you care about the results. If you spend a lot of time and money fixing up a car, for example, then you surely try to protect that car. You are committed to taking care of it. If not before the time and money, certainly after the time and money are invested.
We have an old car with over 272,000 miles on it, and we have invested very little in that car. Yes, we are very thankful to have the car, as it was inexpensive, runs well, and gets good gas mileage. Furthermore, we own the car and owe nothing for it. When that car eventually quits, though, any sorrow I feel will not be for the car itself. Why? Well, because I have very little invested in that car. I will only be sorry to have to find another to replace it.
Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Notice your heart “will be” where your treasure is. So, if you spend a lot of time and money restoring a car, your heart will follow. You will care more about that car.
Jesus was (and is) urging us to invest ourselves in His kingdom. Even if we struggle to have the right desires and motives, the more we invest in His kingdom, the more our hearts will follow our investment.
If you are truly committed to God and His Word, your investment of time and money in God’s kingdom will be evidence of that commitment. But, if you are struggling to remain committed, invest. Give of your time, money, and resources for the sake of the gospel, and watch your heart follow, just as Jesus promised.
Investment is evidence of commitment. Are you not as committed as Jesus called you to be? Invest more. Give more of yourself.
2. Evidence of Affection
An investment is also evidence of affection. As you grow in your commitment to something, you naturally grow in your affection for it. Commitment causes caring. And, again, caring comes with investment.
Do I have any affection for our old car? Not really. I only care what it can do for me. That is why we keep it. That is its only value.
What if I spent dozens of hours and thousands of dollars restoring that same car, though? Well, then I am sure I would have some affection for it. I would not simply care about what the car can do for me. I would care about the car itself. And, my investment in that car would be proof of my affection for it.
Are you invested?
God, above all else, desires and deserves our commitment and affection. How much are you investing in your relationship with God? How much time do you spend seeking to grow closer to Him and serve His church? How much money do you invest in the advancement of His gospel? How much sacrifice do you make for the sake of His name and His glory?
Sunday morning, Lord willing, I will be preaching about our “Great God of Blessing” (Greatness of God series) from Malachi 3:6-12. People who believe in God all want to experience His blessings, but how often do we settle for so much less than what God has in store for us by investing more in the world than we do in our relationship with Him?
Of course, there is no hope for a growing investment, growing commitment, and growing affection, apart from the reconciliation with God that only comes in and through a relationship with His Son.
If you recognize the right investment is lacking in your life, cry out to Him for help. Trust Him to change you and make you His own. And, as you trust Him to grow your commitment and affection, invest. Invest in your relationship with God. Invest in your involvement with your local church. Invest in your partnership with the mission of the gospel. Invest.