What Jesus Did! 'Investment for the Future' — Luke 12:33-34

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"Sell the things you have and give that money to people that need it. The riches of this world don't continue. So get the kind of riches that continue. Get the treasure of heaven. That treasure continues forever. Thieves can't steal your treasure in heaven, and moths can't destroy it. Your heart will be where your treasure is."
— Luke 12:33-34 NLT
Illustration of Luke 12:33-34 NLT — "Sell the things you have and give that money to people that need it."

Key Thought

"What are your primary investment strategies?" I can still remember a financial planner asking me that question. It wasn't his first question ... or second ... but on down the line, he got around to asking it. In a way, Jesus is really challenging us to face that same question in this passage. In the cycles of our national and world economies, there are "lean" times and there are times of "plenty." No earthly investment strategy is foolproof. Only when we invest in things that are eternal can we invest in things that are truly guaranteed—things that can't be stolen, destroyed, or ruined. So what are you doing to invest in your eternal future? This question is vital, because what we value as our true treasure will be the focus of our hearts.

Today's Prayer

Father, help me build a portfolio of grace, marked by generosity to others and a commitment to things that are eternal. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 14:33
  • Galatians 6:7
  • 1 Timothy 6:6-7, 17-19

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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