Friday, October 27, 2006
"Spirit" -> Investments
The core of this blog is really about investment.
I believe that you need to have all the following:
a. Investments in your body.
b. Investments in your mind.
c. Investments in your spirit.
We talked a bit about how monetary investments can lead to heavenly returns. The Bible is not shy about this. To the opposite, the Bible is very clear, as it basically says "Listen up knuckle heads, you can get in on the ground floor by investing your wealth in a heavenly kingdom."
This is better than buying 10,000 shares of Microsoft in 1985. You only get one chance to invest in this way, and now is the time.
The only reason that any reasonable, rationale Christian would not be thinking about this is:
1. They don't know what the Bible says.
2. They don't believe what the Bible says.
Either way, if you don't pay attention to these words, you simply are not thinking clearly.
To repeat a previous post. Paul told the rich (which we found out was virtually every person in America and Europe due to our income compared to the rest of the world) to invest in gifts to the poor so that we can build up a reserve in heaven.
The call to help others is not limited to the New Testament. Indeed, some of the most beautiful words come from Isaiah.
The following always cut me to the quick when I read them:
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness [a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
Are there difficult words in the Bible? Sure there are. As Christians we have to explain a few difficult deaths of whole cities. We need to explain a few difficult stories with unsavory characters. However, most Christian don't fail to win others because can't explain the difficult parts.
We fail because we don't explain the beautiful parts.
This section from Isaiah is so beautiful that it almost takes my breath away. It is such a pure, clear call for justice, and alms, and charity. Why don't we call our neighbors and talk to our friends about this type of beautiful scripture.
We are called by the Lord Almighty, the Lord of Heaven and Earth, to let justice roll down, to feed the hungry, to cloth those that have no food.
I am always moved when I see dedicated Christian Brothers and Sisters have their hearts broken by the suffering of others, and feel compelled by the Love of Christ Jesus to do something.
One of my friends, Terry McGill (and his wife) started Sister Schools because of a visit to Africa. There isn't any phony stuff behind the McGill's, and I don't think that many will ever understand how they have materially taken a step down because they made the decision that something must be done to feed and cloth the starving.
Now, my wife and I support Terry because we think that it is the right thing to do, and we would like to sock away a few treasures in our heavenly 401K plan.
If we end up nice condo in heaven. I just hope that Terry invites me over to his mansion.