Investing in the future

Many people actively follow the stock market and analyze the growth or decline in their retirement funds. Unfortunately, we are not always as studious when it comes to understanding the character and growth of our own heart. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Jesus fully understood human nature. He did not say that we invest in what we care about. He declared that our heart follows our money! If we dole out substantial amounts of money on material things, those things will consume our affections and attentions. If we buy a stock or a dream home, we will immediately give them our attention and concern.

That was the rich young ruler’s dilemma. He wanted to care about eternal things, but his wealth was committed to temporal concerns. Jesus invited him to become His disciple and to help change the world, but he could not escape money’s grip on his life. Perhaps the reason his story is recounted in three of the four Gospels (Matthew 19:16-22; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 18:18-23) is because so many of us identify with him and his struggle.

It is not wrong to be rich, but if you possess wealth, it has to be for the glory of God.