A Lasting Investment that Appreciates
One of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible is Psalms 121. I love this chapter and believe because of all that is happening in our world today that all of us need to read it and ponder what is has to say. This Psalms teaches us to walk by faith and not by what we see or feel. "I will lift my eyes unto the mountains. From whence cometh my help?" Now he gives the answer. "My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip, He who keeps you will not slumber."
There is no doubt that we are in adverse times in our world today. Dreams and hopes have been shattered with the world economy in such a mess. Businesses and families that once were flourishing are now facing adversity. Retirement plans have been put on hold by many because of uncertainities. Many have lost their jobs that they once thought was secure.
Did you know that none of this has taken God by surprise? He is aware of everything that is happening in our world, and has a plan for us. It is in the trials of life that God teaches us how to walk by faith. We would never know the faithfulness of God if we did not learn to expect His protection and comfort in times of great distress such as we are experiencing now.
I, like many of you have been doing a lot of praying for our nation and our world. This has caused me to examine my life more than ever before. I, like you, have found it too easy to invest in the material things of this world only to find they can soon be gone. Someone suggested if you want to determine your worth, add up everything you have money cannot buy and death cannot take away, and you will know how wealthy you really are.
The best investment advice comes from Jesus himself. "Share up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where much and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:20-21. Jesus advised us to invest our lives in that which is truly appreciating in value. God is in no way telling us there is anything inherently wrong with acquiring material possessions. God knows we need certain things to live. He is saying make sure our possessions don't have us.
So what does He mean when He says "invest or store up treasures in heaven"? Treasures in heaven means investing in your relationship with God. It involves salvation, prayer, worship, study of God's word, discipleship and other people. Those things are eternal and do not depreciate. This is what I am going to do! Things are going to get better in the days ahead...because I believe Jesus. He said He would take care of my needs according to His riches. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." Matthew 6:34.