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who taught us that “it is more blessed to   friends. Invest it wisely and you’ll make
        give than to receive” (Act 20:33-35). So live   friends for eternity (Luk 16:9,11; Pro
        up to your name, Jon! Be generous, give to   19:4). A tribe is reached through a Bible
        the poor, and “share what you have, for   translation project you support. Children
        such sacrifices are pleasing to God” (Heb   come to Christ in an orphanage to which
        13:16; cf. Deu 15:11; Mat 5:42).      you send funds. They and many others
                                              will be lining up to welcome you when
        To Invest for a Future Return         you make your entrance into heaven.

          But I have to warn you, you’ll never   To Reveal Christ as Our
        get away with it. Giving to get nothing
        back, that is. When God is pleased with   Treasure
        sacrifices He rewards us for them! Given   Money affords us with vast opportunity,
        the nature of life in this world, that we can   for it reveals the value we put on Jesus
        bring nothing into it nor take anything   Christ. Notice how Matthew juxtaposes
        out (1Ti 6:7), the only dollars we’ll ever   Judas with a woman (who I take to be
        get to keep are the ones we give away.   Mary) in 26:1-16. To Judas, Jesus was
        In  the  generous  ways  of  God,  giving   worth 30 pieces of silver; to Mary, He was
        for nothing is an impossibility, for He is   everything. Luke contrasts the rich young
        determined to reward us richly. Giving,   ruler with Zacchaeus. One worshipped
        therefore, becomes investing, one of the   money; the other worshipped Jesus (18:18-
        most important purposes of money.     19:10). One way of testing how much
          I know, I’m still trying to wrap my   you value the Lord Jesus is by checking
        head  around  it. But  take  a  look  at 1   your credit card statement. As they say
        Timothy 6:17-19. Notice that Paul speaks   in politics, follow the money.
        of “present age” riches, uncertain riches.   “Honor the Lord with your wealth”
        Heaping up money on earth is a foolish   (Pro 3:9; Mat 5:16). The ultimate purpose
        business as it is so susceptible to loss   of money is to use it to make God look
        (Mat 6:19). But then Paul talks about   great. As we reflect on the grace of our
        storing up treasure for the future. What   Lord Jesus Christ – He the ultimate rich
        is the alchemy that turns paper into gold   young ruler becoming poor for us so that
        and unsecured cash into eternal fortune?   we could be rich – His grace overflows
        Investment by giving.                 into us and out of us, so that it moves us
          Read the parable of the talents. We are   to be generous to His saints (2Co 8:1-3,9).
        to invest for our Lord to get a return, and   When needy Christians receive these gifts,
        then He rewards His servants who do so   they in turn overflow in thanksgiving and
        (Mat 25:14-30). Remember our Lord with   glory to God for the grace that inspired
        the widow who gave her last two copper   them (2Co 9:12-15). Just as a coin fed into
        coins? He’s just like His Father, who sees   a jukebox makes it play, so money given in
        in secret and will reward us openly (Mar   love to fellow believers is a currency that
        12:41-44; Mat 6:4). Invest! Acquire fortune!   makes the Church come alive with songs
        Money is like play money; when we learn   of praise to God for His grace.
        how to handle it, our Father will entrust   All for now. All by grace,
        us with true riches, the real thing. Spend   Joe
        it foolishly and you’ll make fair-weather   P.S. Keep reading those Gospels!

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