Long Term Investing
What do you invest in daily? Recently I read a quote that said, “Be so busy watering your grass, that you don’t notice if someone else’s is greener.” It is sometimes easy to look around and focus on what others have that we don’t. This blinds us to the fact that we need to invest wisely in the blessings we own. Many times, when we think of blessings, we focus on material objects, but being truly blessed is much more. When we look at how we are investing in the blessings we have, it is important to look to the Kingdom of God. How we invest there will determine our future dividends.
One of the first rules of investing is, invest in the long term. Most investors will tell you that if you only invest in the short term it usually will lead to poor long-term performance. Are you guilty of wanting the pay-off now or “playing it safe?” It is all too easy to be swayed by the want of the immediate no matter the cost. Or to make excuses on why we can’t help and avoid doing what God calls us to do. All these focus on today and not the future.
When we choose to go around God or “play it safe,” we run the risk of not building up the Kingdom which may impact our future. Therefore, it is important to remember that what we are given isn’t ours, but God’s. We are merely the caretakers and not the owners. And if we continue to ignore, waste, or abuse what we have, the Bible tells us that we can expect there to be repercussions of some kind.
Lessons of Investing
This week’s focus verse is from the Parable of the Loaned Money. This is often better known as the Parable of the Talents. There may be several lessons in this rather strange story. But the bottom line is that God expects us to invest in the resources that He gives us wisely. Additionally, we are to make these investments according to our abilities until such time that He returns, or we are called to Him. We are each responsible to use well what God gives us. The issue is not how much we or those around us have, but how well we use what we have.
“He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last – dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.Matthew 25:15 (NLT)
The 7 Investment Principles
Investors recognize 7 investment principles that we can use also to apply to investments in the Kingdom of God.
1. Establish a plan – When we are investing in the Kingdom, we must understand God’s plan. Through His love for us, God sent His Son to die for our sins. And with the resurrection of Christ, our sins are forgiven for our faith in Him. Through this we hold life.
2. Start investing today for tomorrow – Investing in the Kingdom, must start today. The principle of “loving our neighbors” saves up for the future of eternity and reaps the benefits in the here and now.
3. Build a diversified portfolio – By allowing Christ’s control to lead our life there are many other investments and by-product benefits that we can grow through His help. These include joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Being diversified allows for the greatest long-term dividends.
4. Minimize the costs – When we are using our gifts and abilities to invest in the Kingdom, we are to do so with prudence and not foolishness.
5. Protect against significant losses – Through using what we are granted wisely and with care as we love God and our neighbor we insure against losses.
6. Rebalance your portfolio regularly – When investing in the Kingdom it is important to regularly communicate with God through prayer, scripture, study, and maintaining the support and connection of the Kingdom community.
7. Ignore the noise – We must not allow the values and influence of the world to affect our investments in the Kingdom. There is a lot of noise in the world to listen to. This makes it even more important to ensure we are aligning ourselves with the Kingdom’s mission regularly staying on the course that God set before us.
Invest Today for Tomorrow
God gives us each, individual specialized gifts, and talents to build up His church. When we reach this understanding, we realize that all our abilities and gifts come directly from Him. This knowledge also helps us understand better that not everyone has the same gifts and abilities. It is important to know not only who we are, but whose we are. Through this realization, we come to terms with what we do best. Then we can dedicate what we have to God’s service and not our success. It is in this position we open ourselves to be willing to utilize our gifts wisely, fully, and not hold back from God’s service.
Won’t you take the challenge to use your time, talents, and treasures consistently to serve God completely in whatever you do? Allow your conviction to be rooted in knowing that God has granted you gifts and abilities according to what He expects you to invest in. And it is through investing in the Kingdom that you will receive the rewards of eternity, but also the rewards of heaven on earth. Find your motivation in the love of the Father through the Son to invest in love to those around you. Surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that the goodness, mercy, and love of God never fails, and this is the greatest of dividends – ultimate and everlasting joy.
Love in Christ,
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.Henry David Thoreau
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you invest wisely in the Kingdom? Have you utilized your time and resources this week to show the love of the Father in your world? Share your thoughts on the importance of investing in the Kingdom.