Investment Is Evidence

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.

How do you know where your heart really is?

If you’re like me, you struggle – at least at times – with materialism and greed. You struggle to find your satisfaction in the God who created you and instead find your satisfaction in the things He (and man) created.

Who or what do you love more than anything else? Who or what do you worship? God created us with a natural desire and inclination to worship. Every single one of us is a worshiper. We were designed to worship God. Most choose, though, to worship other things or people. Our hearts were created to long for God, but apart from His saving grace, we will all choose to long for others or other things.

How do you know, though, where your heart really is? How do you know, for example, if you love God more or if you love money more?

Ultimately, our actions and priorities prove what our hearts crave. This was certainly the case for the young rich man in Mark 10, and it is the case for every single one of us today.

Will you respond to Jesus’ call to absolute surrender with humble, childlike faith, or will you be “stunned” by Jesus’ demands and go away grieving, like this man described in Mark 10:22?

This morning, I preached on “The Miracle of Discipleship,” challenging those listening to believe and value this miracle of God. If left to ourselves, we will make the wrong decision. Thus, we need the Lord’s help.

Call on Him in faith, and He will give you the desires of your heart, the right desires.

 

Money: A Temporary Blessing but Not a Lasting Security

Unless you are extremely unusual, you have struggled with greed more than once in your life. Perhaps you haven’t done anything illegal or even unethical, but you have likely given in to the temptation to find your hope and security in your financial well-being. If not, please contact us. We would love to get some wisdom and advice from you.

Money itself is not evil. Loving money and trusting in money is what leads to evil. This morning I preached from Ecclesiastes 5:10 – 6:12 on the “Futility of Money,” challenging those in attendance to view money as a temporary blessing, not as a lasting security.

This will only happen, though, when you see money as a gift from God, and not as something that ultimately belongs to you. When we trust God’s provision, rather than our paychecks and 401ks, then we are able to keep things in the proper perspective: the biblical perspective.

If you’d like to hear more about why money is futile and how to have that proper perspective, you can listen to the message by clicking HERE. As always, none of this is possible without a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Let us seek Him first and celebrate salvation in Him alone. Then, let us love and serve one another, prioritizing our relationships over our stuff.

No money necessary for experiencing blessings like this… Levi, Micah and Silas fishing in the creek.