COLUMN: Invest in your faith in Jesus

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By Jon Rohr

What do you invest in? I know when I say the word investing that most people think about money. And investing for the future and being prepared for life’s little disasters is a good thing, but there is much more to life than money.
Remember what Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21 NIV). Do you really want your heart wrapped up in your bank account?
Some people invest in their physical health. They watch what they eat, they work out and there is certainly a payoff to that. But let’s face it, at best it is temporary. Time takes its toll on all of us. The Bible also reminds us, “Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things…” (1 Timothy 4:8 NIV).
Many of us invest in our family and friends, again a great thing. I love my family and I hope you love yours. But, let’s face it, families can be tough sometimes. After all, none of us is perfect and sometimes the deepest wounds in our hearts come from those we love the most.
“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 NIV). Again God’s word gives us perspective.
Investing in any of these areas is a good thing. But do you notice a common theme to what God’s word tells us? As valuable as these things are, there is a deeper investment we need to make. We need that friend who is closer than a brother, that treasure stored up in heaven, that godliness that is of greater value.
Investing in your relationship with the Lord puts every other investment in proper perspective. It helps us see that all that we have, whether money, good health or even family and friends, is a gift from God. His word reminds us not to take these wonderful gifts for granted.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…” (James 1:17 NIV). Our loving father has shared every good gift with us, but not for us to hoard. God’s plan is for us to invest those gifts for his kingdom’s work. To invest our finances, not only in taking care of our family, but in sharing the good news with others. When we are in good health we should enjoy it, but we should also use our strength to do his work. We ought to rejoice in our family and friends, but also do all we can to lead them to faith in Christ.
Our greatest investment is our faith in Jesus. Our greatest return on that investment is when we share that faith with others. Are you investing in his work? In his kingdom? In his church? Invest wisely and let his blessings pour into your life and through you into others.