I’ve been learning about monetary investments lately; from closed-end funds to margin accounts, and so much more. I had no idea there were so many options for a person to put their money. Today, as our pastor spoke about John 3:22-26 I realized the similarities of monetary value and spiritual value.
As Jesus’ ministry began, John the Baptist’s ministry was coming to an end. John’s disciples are concerned, even angry that Jesus is gaining followers and John is losing them. John knows that he is not the focus, Jesus is. Jesus is the one in whom the disciples should be following. They were to be investing their time, their lives, their very souls into following the Son of God.
Investing all of my money to a stock and trusting the future of the stock would be daunting. There are no guarantees with monetary investments. In fact, in the United States it is against the law to promise guarantees for investments made.
With Christianity, we have the freedom to invest our time, lives, and very soul because there is a guarantee that our investment will not experience a loss. Ephesians 1:14 says, The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him (NLT).
There are other verses that also confirm this guarantee. Genesis 9:12, And God said, “This is the guarantee of the covenant I am making with you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all subsequent generations (NET).
and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us (1 Corinthians 1:22 NLT).
If God has guaranteed our life investment in His Kingdom, then He is worth investing my soul in every single day.
Best Beloved, when we die we will not take a single thing with us. Not the money we’ve invested, the money we may have lost. But we will always take with us how we invested our souls.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (Matthew 16:26, ESV).