JULY 21: 4 Spiritual Investments Every Christian Should Make Every Day!
When speaking about Investing Warren Buffett is often quoted…He’s said…
- Invest In Companies That Match Your Values
- Make Long-Term Investments Over Short Term Ones
- Great Investors Don’t Diversify
Matthew 6:19-20 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
Just as we are called to invest in earthly things, Jesus prompts us through Matthew 6:19-20 to store up and invest in heavenly and spiritual things as well.
Four ways that you can make Spiritual Investments Every Day:
Investment #1. Time In God’s Presence:
- Ps 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
- Ps 91:1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
King David declared in Psalm 84:10, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.“
The most important Spiritual Exercises that You can engage in is to Spend Time in God’s Presence.
- When You Make time to be in His Presence You will have peace, hope and the spiritual strength that You need for whatever the day brings You.
- Luke 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.”
As we read scripture we’re reminded of God’s nature, goodness and love. As you linger in the His Word, and hear God the Holy Spirit speak to you softly…He reminds you of His truths. I Believe that is Why Satan Works so Hard to Keep Us Busy and Away from God’s Presence!!!
During those difficult times, The best Source of Peace and Strength Comes from Being in the Presence of God.
The Psalmist says, I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. The Psalmist has described the lowest volunteer position in the temple, and the highest position in the world. And which one does he prefer? The lowest position in the temple!
Q: If God came to you today and gave you the option of being Bill Gates or being the greeter or Sunday School teacher at LifePoint, which would you pick?
Paul’s cry in Phil 3:8 says, “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.”
As we invest in God’s presence, we gain spiritual and physical wealth.
Investment #2. Godly Relationships
God is a relational God and commands us to be relational as well. In Matt 22: 37-39 Jesus gives us the 2 “Greatest Commandments”, and they both pertain to relationships,
#1: Building a relationship with God (loving God) #2: Building a relationship with others (love your neighbor).
Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
KEY: When we grow in relationship with others in a godly manner, we invest into our spirits and into the spirits of others as well.
Everyone needs a Paul, a Timothy and a Barnabas: God works through each of the relationships in our lives…He uses a Paul to guide us. He uses a Timothy to help us mature. And He uses a Barnabas to challenge us. God wants each of You to be in Relationship here at LifePoint!
Investment #3. Christ-Like Character: A Christ-like character Should be the Focus and Goal of Every Christian-While we can never be truly like Christ, we can do our best to become more and more like Him.
5:3-5 says, ” Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
- Gal 5: 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Investment #4. Spiritual Gifts
KEY: God has given each of You Special Spiritual Gifts…With the Intention of Getting a Return!! As we invest these gifts, we make spiritual deposits that will reap a greater reward for us in due season whether in this age or the age to come.
I want each of us to Understand that All of these 4 Investments Will Never Happen Unless We Each Make Investment #1 Central to Our Lives.
Practice the Presence of Christ In the Good Times and in the Tough Times…Daily Remaining in the Presence of God.
Warren Buffet said, Great Investors DON’T DIVERSIFY…They have a Singleness of Purpose.
May we with the Apostle Paul say, “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.”
POINT: What YOU Value will Determine what YOU Invest with Your Time, Talent and Treasure!