Does God make investments? When we think about bankers and stock brokers we understand that they invest money into a market and expect a return on their investment. Does God invest money? No Jesus said render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s—give earthly things to those of this earth. (Matthew 22:15-22) God’s investments are not in money but in life and righteousness.
God’s initial investment was creating this world and everything in it. (Genesis 1) To us His most important investment is man and his righteousness. God created Adam and Eve righteous—right with God. Their relationship with God was perfect until they surrendered to deception. (Genesis 3)
So God being a loving omnipotent Father continued investing into man with an opportunity for redemption and restoration back into righteousness. We see this through many animal sacrifices but in God’s timing he painted the picture of this salvation. It begins to unfold in Exodus at the first Passover where the angel of death passed over the homes that were covered with the blood of the lamb. (Exodus 12:23) God invested the life of an innocent spotless lamb to be a sacrifice to cover the unrighteousness of man. This was a temporary solution to restore the relationship between man and God. The blood of animals not only covered the sin but also revealed the price to be paid for unrighteousness.
Romans 6:23 (NKJV)
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Then in His perfect timing God made the most costly investment. He invested His only begotten Son to permanently secure our righteousness. This investment redeems man from the curse of sin and death. But His son didn’t stop with dying on the cross, He rose from the dead and sent us another investment from the Father—The Holy Spirit. (Luke 24:49 and Acts 1:4, 2:1-39)
Jesus invested what His Father gave Him so that God could have a return on His investment. When I think about Jesus’ life in light of investments, I see that Jesus spent long hours investing into the lives of people. He healed the sick, cast out demons and raised the dead. He supplied food to the hungry who had sacrificed their meals to hear Him. He invested time teaching people how to live and love the way the Father does. Then when He went back to the Father He sent us the Holy Spirit.
Since we are alive we have received the physical life that God gave us. As Christians we have also received salvation from our sins and the power to live a godly life through the Holy Spirit. So the important question is what are we doing with those investments? Are we investing wisely to get a return for God like Jesus did? Or are we investing cautiously so that we are making progress but not too much? Or are we squandering the investment for our own purposes? (Matthew 25:14-29)
My challenge for this week is to think on these things and I will be back next week with more.