Invest in eternity

October 20, 2008

by Rev. Gerald Boldt, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Winsted

Will it ever end? Will the uncertainty be quieted? What will happen if our economy keeps slowing down? These are questions that most Americans are struggling to find answers for.

Every time we listen to the news, we hear how the index numbers from the stock market continue to drop, or we hear another story about some rich executive who has been implicated in yet another shady financial scheme.

Homes have been foreclosed in record numbers, retirements have been wiped out, and some financial experts are suggesting a depression, while telling us that this mess is going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. Where can we find hope in such a dark picture?

I would like to say that this bleak future will soon be only a distant memory. It would be just great if things could get back to normal and made right again in rapid fashion. We all want that quick fix, like some TV program where the hero works out the solution to the dilemma in just 30 minutes, including time spent on the commercials.

Christ Jesus said, “You cannot serve two masters. . . you cannot serve both God and money.” (Luke 16:13) It is at times like this that our Lord asks each of us, which of the two is our master? He also tells us, “Watch out! Be on your guard . . . a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

We should ask ourselves if our personal portfolio for the future has the best investment, our trust in the only security, the Savior, the Only One who will stand firm for us, even into eternity.

The very best financial advice comes to us at no cost. That advisor is Jesus, Himself, and He tells us where to invest that which matters most.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth . . . But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:20)