Day 167 – Wise Investment
On: April 16, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21

If yesterday we focussed on what we want, today we tweak the lens to consider what we’ve got. In particular, what we do with it. And here’s a real live story. As I write, I am considering the funding of the production, promotion and distribution of what you are reading, along with other materials and events I have planned. Their purpose? To encourage and equip fellow Christians to live out and share their faith to the benefit of those around them day by day.

So, a worthy aim for the “Kingdom of God”. But also costly, and with an unknown financial return. I have modest savings in the bank. If I threw a significant proportion at all this, things would get out there quite quickly. Or do I take a “prudent” path, bearing in mind the inevitable uncertainties of life and the needs of family around me, and invest only a modest amount?

It’s tempting to think that the message in Jesus’ story is for wealthy people with multiple homes, beefy cars and luxury lifestyles. “Them”, not “me”. But surely the same principle applies to us all. How do I prioritise the use of the resources I have? Jesus’ answer is there for us to read in his last three words: we are to be “rich towards God”.

You’re going to have to leave me to decide how I balance my responsibility towards my family (which is not unimportant) with investing in a publishing and events empire (!) All of us will be called on to answer for how we use what we have been given. Best to start a review today.

Prayer:

Father God, forgive me for any tendency I might have to hoard for myself the resources You have given me. Lead me, instead, to be bold enough to be rich towards You, that Your Kingdom might grow. Amen

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