BIBLE THOUGHT: “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:20-21).
Have you thought of Jesus as a financial advisor? Along with the other roles He fills in a Christian’s life, Jesus indeed offers far better guidance than the most astute investment counselor.
The long view
Jesus presents the Big Picture—a panoramic view of both this life and the next. He shows us how foolish it is to invest without taking the long view. While savings and investments have their place, earthly securities are not secure. They are highly vulnerable to loss. Deposit your money, Jesus says, where your investment is absolutely safe, guaranteed against all loss, and the returns are out of this world!
How it works
Jesus urges us to lay up treasure in heaven. How do we do that?
If we belong to Christ, what we share with those in need is credited to our celestial account, and it will be there waiting for us when we arrive (Matthew 19:21-22; Luke 12:32-34; 1 Timothy 6:17-19).
It’s a sure thing: Believe it!
We have a choice, Jesus says. We can serve God or we can serve wealth—it’s either/or, not both. While wealth is inherently neutral, it can so easily become our master. Devotion to material things and devotion to God are mutually exclusive (Matthew 6:24).
So we must choose.
Adapted from an article by JDG in the daily devotional guide Power for Today
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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