Investing in one’s future is the subject of many roadside billboards.  The information and advice are worthy of consideration as they can stimulate our thinking in preparation for unforeseen circumstances in life or lead to a better quality of life.  Of greater value to the Christian is investing in the Lord’s work.  The dividends extend beyond life itself and have eternal value.  Jesus said to his disciples … "Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal.  Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal.  For your heart will always be where your riches are” (Matt 6:19-21 TEV).   In other words, have the right priorities in life --  Christ and His Word first, and then He will place in proper order the details of life that are necessary for fulfilling one’s responsibilities on the job, at home, in the community and to the nation.  “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these [necessary] things will be given to you as well” (Matt 6:33 NIV).  This last phrase speaks of God’s investment in those who have placed their faith in Christ.  The little three letter word “all” surfaces once more in Scripture.  God’s grace and provision are not trickled out to His own. The Apostle Peter tells us ... “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,  as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,  by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Pet 1:2-4 NKJV). God’s investment in the believer includes all things necessary for both the physical and spiritual life.  Paul, probably the primary mentor to Peter, says … “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph 1:3NASB).  Nothing is lacking in the believer’s life, for God has provided all that the Christian needs to live an effective spiritual life.  Did Jesus not say … “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 KJV)?  That which God desires for the believer must be provided by Him, for we are incapable of executing the spiritual life in our own energy.  God’s investment requires the infusion of His power into the believer’s life.  But first must come the new birth -- believing that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day all in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Cor 15:3-4).  Now as God’s possession, He invests in our lives that which is needed to live the Christ centered life. Thus, He provides the Word of God and the filling of the Holy Spirit by which He accomplishes His plan in life of the Christian.  The source of God’s power is the Word of God.  The agent of God’s power is the Holy Spirit.  When believers are in fellowship by having no unconfessed sin in their lives, the Word of God can be learned and applied by faith in the filling of the Spirit.  Thus, the focus is no longer on self-effort but on Christ,  for Scripture states … “it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Phil 2:13 NASB).  Paul describes the results of God working in us … “for the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Gal 5:22-23 NASB).  Therefore, the child of God, utilizing the divine power system of the Word of God and the filling of the Spirit, brings a return on God’s investment to His glory and becomes a witness and demonstration of God’s grace and love to a world that needs Christ.    

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