I was reading an article over the weekend about investment strategies. It went into detail explaining the pros and cons of each opportunity. Several times throughout the article the author would make a statement about the importance of “understanding the risk” as you select which strategy is best for you.
Risk. Most of us don’t like this concept, but we understand that life is full of choices that require an element of risk, especially when it comes to areas where we desire an increase. We use phrases like “take a chance” and “roll the dice” to describe these moments when we choose to take a calculated risk.
Why do we take these risks?
Reward. In the end, it’s all about the reward. It’s the chance to double our money, to win the big prize, to come out on top.
Too bad there is not a way to invest and get overflowing results without any risk!
I believe there is. In fact, the Word of God teaches us that as we invest in the kingdom of God we will find blessing. Jesus speaks of the eternal riches that are laid up for us as we invest in things that have eternal value. It’s the only investment strategy I am aware of that has no risk and all reward. And I am not talking about 0.5% earning in a savings account. I am talking about a great reward.
Revelation 22:12 puts it this way, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”
Peter described it perfectly, “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.”
So what is your investment strategy?
There is nothing wrong with having a portfolio and strategy for the money God has made you a steward of on this earth. But what is the purpose of your strategy?
If you accomplish your hopes and dreams in life, what will your life look like? What will you use your strategy to fill your life with?
Vacations are great. Nice homes are a blessing. Driving your dream car is super special. But remember none of that is eternal.
If you were to evaluate your investment strategy today what portion is dedicated to eternal investment? In other words, what percentage is risk-free?
A friend told me this week about a guy who totaled his brand new Porsche on his way home from the dealership. Temporal vs. Eternal — the reality is stark.
I hope that you will be encouraged to take a look at how you and your family are investing in kingdom strategies. And please understand that there is more here than just money. Yes, we have money, but we also have time. We have our hearts and our energies, These are all areas of investment for us.
I can invest hours into binge watching television. I can invest energy into getting my children to all their events. I can invest my heart in friendships and relationships that are important to me. So even in these areas that often get overlooked, we must ask ourselves how we are investing? Eternal, long-lasting, overflowing, guaranteed reward? Or temporary, fleeting, empty, risky?
I ate dinner last night with a couple in my church. He is known on the streets of Chattanooga as the “hot dog man.” Why? Because every week he and his wife fix sack lunches for the homeless. They take them hot dogs, clothes, tarps, and other necessary items for living in the streets. In God’s economy, a hot dog just became an eternal investment.
Remember the disciples ask Jesus, when did we see you hungry and fed you or when did we see you naked and clothe you? Jesus told them that when they did these simple deeds of kindness for those in need, it was the same as doing it for him personally. Wow! This really draws me to stop and check out my investment strategy.
There are so many opportunities for you to invest eternally in the kingdom work that God is going all around us. Take the time to make it personal. Set goals for your eternal investments just like you do other areas. And then begin to take small steps toward increasing your ratio of reward to risk. Only eternity will reveal the true scope of your contribution in the lives of people.