Many people are into investing and turning a profit. Nothing wrong with smart financial management. Now, let’s suppose someone approached you today with a 100% guaranteed investment option that offered you the life you always wanted. Would you go for it, regardless of risk?
Investments need to be considered wisely. We know nothing in this world is 100% guaranteed to buy us success or happiness. If someone made the offer above, I would run for the hills.
But Jesus spoke of a different life …an ‘everlasting’ life…a life beyond our earthly existence. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life…no one comes to the Father but by Me…” He told many things about who He was and concerning His eternal kingdom, “…My kingdom is not of this world…I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End…” And Jesus promised His eternal home as a reward and inheritance to all who believed in Him.
Jesus also spoke of a cost involved to invest in His kingdom…
“Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me. For those who want to save their own life will lose it, and those who will lose their life for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel, will save it.”
God doesn’t play games with our lives. He has laid out every option in life in His incredible and divinely inspired blueprint, The Bible. When this life ends, God has promised an eternal home with Him. It could be risky to give it all to God unless you know who you’re dealing with. When Jesus cast out demons they cried out not to be sent back to eternal darkness. They knew who He was. When Satan tried to trick Jesus into giving up His divine command and tempted the Lord in the wilderness, Jesus warned His ancient foe three times not to put the Lord God to the test. Satan knew exactly WHO Jesus was…and fled for a season…
God says life is short…and “…but a brief span.” God gave us life and is infinitely mindful of every detail. He cares intimately about us and the choices we make. We can choose now to invest only in this life or we can begin investing with God and His kingdom and getting to know Him — the One who promised us that, “…eye has not seen nor ear heard the things God has prepared for those who hope in Him.”
Free will, and life itself are huge gifts. It’s up to us how we will spend them. We get to decide. And Jesus asked, “What will it profit if you gain this whole world…and lose your soul?”
© S. Michaels
From Notebook: What Have You Got To Lose?