I’ve come to believe that it’s the little things, the simple things about being a Christian that, when studied, make the most sense and are actually the most profound things about the realities of life. Rather than being as complicated as most of us would make them, it is important to know that our God is not a God of confusion.
For example, the concept of investing, reaping and sowing, is relatively easy to understand. You invest your money with an expectation of a reasonable return. You put forth an effort in time and energy with a reasonable expectation of getting a benefit in return. The question is, from my Christian point of view, if eternity is based on an investment while you’re alive here on earth, (Christ’s blood and God’s grace notwithstanding), what is your expectation of what will be returned to you when you die?
I mean since we know this physical thing is temporary, what provisions have you set aside for yourself in your next life? First of all, knowing that there will be another plane you will exist on, have you invested wisely? Now I wouldn’t dare say you could invest you way into the kingdom of God, but I would suggest as the line in the movie rings out, “what you do in life, does indeed echo in eternity.” Scripture clearly says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21.
My point is this. You should pretty much know what constitutes your treasure, at least in God’s eyes, that is. Sometimes in this world, that is not as easy as it sounds. Is it the tangible manifestations of wealth i.e. money, possessions, material things, maybe physical pleasures sometimes known as addictions? Lifetimes are often spent trying to store upon these earthly treasures. Matthews point I feel is that spiritual treasures, those of truth, faith, knowledge and salvation are also easily stored. I believe each day that you acknowledge Christ as Lord and our Father in heaven as sovereign is another day of treasure banked. Time spent confronting your faith and your Christian belief amounts to a life spent accepting the divine promise of eternity. We might fail in our attempt to be an everyday-card carrying- public seeing the Christian in us-people, but because of Jesus’ sacrifice we should be mature enough in our faith to expand our roles as centers for spreading the gospel. This maturation process involves the transformation of being born again of spirit and overcoming as best we can the personal temptations of this world. Simon Peter would say in this way, we are productive and effective in our knowledge of the truth about Christ. “Therefore my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fail and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:10-11.
I guess I’m saying as a Christian I understand the value of a dollar. Compared to investing my time and talents given to me as blessings by God, I know I need a few dollars here and there, but in the end they’re actually worthless. You can’t take them with you. Like I said, when you truly understand this, getting rich is not all that hard. Invest well.
May God bless and keep you always.