TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, June 22, 2020:
To commit money in order to gain a profitable return; devoting, using, or giving of time, talent, or energy to achieve something.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Then He said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We spent some time recently reading through a newspaper that had numerous pages of reports, suggestions and recommendations about investing. We read about good investments, shaky investments and bad investments.
We read about investing in land, in real estate, in gold, in silver, in banks, and in the stock market to name some listed on the pages of the newspaper. The so called "professionals" gave varied opinions with very few agreeing on what to invest in.
We read reports on why some investments were successful in the past and why some failed. The one thing that we read continually was the uncertainty of all the investments.
When you think of the word INVESTMENT, what comes to your mind? Over the years, we have met many people that live-in cultures where the word investment would never be discussed and for most people could not even be defined. All of their thoughts each and every day were centered on surviving that day.
We want to share with you today some thoughts from the scripture that deals with investment from God’s perspective. God is concerned about how we invest our time, talent and treasure. The scripture gives us the best investment advice as to how we should look at the time, talent and treasure that God has given us.
It is important for us to understand that our primary purpose for investment should not be to amass earthly wealth but to amass heavenly riches. As believers, our purpose and desire should be to invest our assets, whether time, talent or treasure (money) in things that have eternal value.
In the verse above from Matthew chapter 6, Jesus gives an investment alert when He said where our treasure is, there will be your heart. In other words, if you spend your time investing in getting more money, being more popular or gaining a better position in life then that is an indication of what is most important to you. That is where your heart is. These things and this attitude are temporary and do not last. They have no value in eternity.
In Luke 12:16-21, Jesus told a parable of the rich fool. A rich man who already had plenty of material things, but he tore down his barns and built bigger barns so he could store up more of this world's goods. The parable has a sad ending. He died with his barns full leaving it all to someone else. He had put all of his effort in preparing for his life before death but had neglected to prepare for his life after death.
This man was rich in possessions but he was not rich in the treasures of God’s kingdom. This is the warning that we read in Luke 12:15 (above). We must "WATCH OUT!" and be on guard that we do not make the purpose of our life be to obtain worldly possessions. The riches of the world will not last nor can we take them with us. The riches stored up in God’s kingdom are eternal and are waiting for us.
We become rich in the treasures of Heaven when we invest our time, talent and riches in serving God. Every act of obedience and faithfulness in doing His will is a treasure stored up in heaven.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I John 1:9.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Help me and my family to carefully evaluate where we are investing our time, our talents and our treasures. Give us the wisdom that only You can give to help us be in Your perfect will concerning our investment of our time, talent and treasure.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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