Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Fully Vested

After working for the Clark County School District for 5 years, my wife was fully vested in their retirement benefits. Do you have any plans made for your retirement?

19 "Don't hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or-worse!- stolen by burglars. 20 Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it's safe from moth and rust and burglars. 21 It's obvious, isn't it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. Matt. 6:19-21 (MSG)

Jesus spoke more about money than he did Heaven & Hell combined. It is probably because He knew how much time we spend making it, worrying about it, and letting it control our lives. As we think about our eternal futures Jesus gives us some very sound financial advice. "Stockpile treasure in heaven". I like that! Jesus knows and understands our desire to acquire wealth. He does not tell us that the desire is sinful, rather He harnessses it and gives it proper direction. He says invest in Heaven. Heaven's dividends far outweigh any earthly stock you could invest money in.

"And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will have eternal life". Matt. 19:29

How do you invest in Heaven? You invest in people who are going there. It is that simple. Our Father's highest concern is His lost children. He wants them to come to Him. The cause (sake) of Christ is the single most important project in all of history. Our main mission while here on this present earth is to use every resource available to us to bring people back to God through spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Michelle and I have learned that when we give to the Lord we are actually investing. When we invest we remain connected to the investment and fully expect a return. We have been investing financially in people for years. We continue to find ways to invest. We do this with excitement knowing that one day we will "reap what we have sown". We are fully vested in eternity!

Are you properly planning for your future? Are you stockpiling wealth? Make sure you send plenty to heaven by giving faithfully to the cause of Jesus Christ. Get fully vested in Heaven!

Promotion for you

Servants, do what you're told by your earthly masters. And don't just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. 23 Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, 24 confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you're serving is Christ. 25 The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being Christian doesn't cover up bad work. Col. 3:22-25 (MSG)

May today be a day that you "get to" go to work and not "have to"--even if you don't particularly enjoy your current job. May you labor with this truth in mind: No matter what my job is now, if I do it faithfully unto the Lord, He will promote and reward me in eternity. God will give us our dream job!

" `Yes,' the king replied, `but to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away. Luke 19:26 (NLT)

Do your very best work knowing that God is watching and appreciates your effort. May all who work around you be able see your ethic and glorify your Father in heaven.

Father, help us to be found faithful with the work we have to do. Thank you that we live in a country where work is available and opportunities abound. Give us strength to do a good job and bring honor to your name. Help us to set our hearts upon the day when you will say, "Well done".