God’s Economics – Investments

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The world has experienced the greatest revolution in economics during the past two months than it has ever experienced in our history.  No one would ever have believed that the stock market could fluctuate 800 points in a day!  Who could believe that the great companies like AIG, Lehman Brothers, Merrill-Lynch, and Wachovia would ever be in trouble?  Who could believe that what happens here in the US could have an impact globally, and vice versa?

It is obvious that human theories of economics have been faulty.  Maybe it is time that we look at God’s economics.  Let’s look at God’s economics concerning

PROFIT—COLLATERAL—INVESTMENTS—YIELDS—FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

INVESTMENTS
An important part of any economy is investments.  Folks would never have believed how much investments could diminish like we have experienced in the second half of 2008.

For many people investments have been tied to retirement, and now retirements are diminished or nonexistent.  As one person said, “My 401K is now a 101K.”

The problem with the world’s view of investments is that they are not secure.  There is no guarantee.  While investments will sometimes go up, they can sometimes go down, and sometimes out of sight.

Let’s look at what God’s economics teach us about investments.  In Matthew 6: 19-20, Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.”

Recently a man had a multi-million dollar art collection in his home, and his home burned and there is nothing left.  Many people had beautiful homes down on the gulf coast and hurricanes have played havoc with those investments.  Many folks have experienced “white collar thieves” who have broken into the investment world and stolen money.

Anytime we put our investments in a worldly commodity, it is always subject to thieves, moths, rust, natural disasters, and white collar ingenuity.

Jesus’ economics about investments are very simple.  He says, “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moths or rust destroys nor thieves break in or steal.”

God’s economics deals with this life and for eternity.  If we lay up our treasures in heaven, we have invested our time and energy and resources wisely here, He also says that there will be many rewards in heaven.

The problem with earthly investments is that they end when our heart beats the last time.  I have never had a funeral where a people hooked up a U-Haul to carry along some of their investments into the hereafter.

God’s economic system is entirely different.  If our investments are in heaven, we get to enjoy them forever and ever and ever and ever.  In Luke 12: 33, Jesus indicates that the best investment is giving.  He says you can then have a purse, which does not wear out.  He refers to it as unfailing treasure in heaven where no thief nor moth nor anything else can get to it.

God’s economics about investments hasn’t failed in thousands of years, and will be here for all eternity.  He is the only one offering a no risk-high yield investment.  You and I make the choice for our investments.

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