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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 31, 2012 - Insurance or Investment?

By Jerry D. Scott

After a five-day hospital stay and surgery, I was thankful for my medical insurance. Without it, I would have faced a bill in excess of $50,000! Insurance is in place for things we hope never happen — accidents, fires or floods. The insurance premium is a "just in case" monthly expense I do not enjoy paying but appreciate when the benefit needed. I also send money each month to my 401(k) account in preparation for that time when I will no longer be working. That money is not an expense; it's an investment. I anticipate receiving my money back, plus some accrued interest, 15 years from now.

How do you regard your faith? Is it "fire insurance" or is it an investment? Some people try to serve Jesus Christ just enough to feel insured! They attend church just to be sure they "keep in touch." They give offerings not to joyfully participate in God's kingdom work in the world, but to create some sort of reservoir of divine favor. Almost superstitiously, they hope their religion will keep tragic events from them, or at least allow them to ask for divine assistance in a crisis.

True disciples invest themselves in God's kingdom. Their wealth, their health, their happiness, their children, their sense of purpose are all secured — not by Merrill Lynch or Morgan Stanley — but by Jesus Christ! If you think I am mistaken, read the words of Paul he penned to Timothy, near the end of his life, from death row in Rome. He is not in despair, nor does he express regret for putting his entire life under the management of Christ.

"I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day" (2 Timothy 1:12, NIV).

"Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing" (2 Timothy 4:8).

True followers of Christ have read the prospectus found in the Scripture and are sure of a rich return on investment. They pour their resources into God's work — worshipping, serving, giving — with joy, fully expecting what they are investing will provide true wealth for their lives, both in the present and in the eternal future. And, they are right!

Jesus gives this investment advice: "Don’t store up treasures on earth! Moths and rust can destroy them, and thieves can break in and steal them. Instead, store up your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and thieves cannot break in and steal them" (Matthew 6:19,20, CEV).

In the middle of a talk about generosity of heart that reaches beyond money, Jesus promised this: "Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full — pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back" (Luke 6:38, NLT).

Here's the question: How do you live your Christianity? Do you treat your faith as insurance, a minimal outlay intended to secure present blessing and, in the event of catastrophe, divine help? Or, do you serve Christ as a loving investment, a maximum participation in Kingdom life with an assured return in eternity?

I'm investing!

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.

 

 

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