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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
Turn in your Bible to Matthew 19:-16-30 and notice in verses 16-22, Jesus speaks to the rich young ruler about true life…and he went away sorrowful, “for he had great possessions.” The disciples heard this conversation and in v.25 asked, “Who then can be saved?”
Now watch what Peter asked in v. 27, “Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed Thee, What shall we have therefore?” In vs. 28-30, Jesus explains that the investment of “all” would give eternal blessings and inheritance of everlasting life. It is important to notice 2 Cor. 8:5 and the truth that we must give ourselves to Christ in Faith before anything else is acceptable to Him. They “first gave their own selves to the Lord.”
Jim Elliott said it best, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot loose.”
The truth is that we are always making investments, good and bad.
Let me show some investments that have a Spiritual return.
1. Obviously, your first meaningful and eternity changing investment is your faith in the death of Jesus Christ for your sin. If you by repentance and faith have accepted Christ, your eternal reward will be heaven forever. If you have not become a “Born Again” believer in Christ, you have made a very bad investment in a Christ-less life! Look at Matthew 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
2. Secondly, and this usually follows the initial investment of our soul to Christ, is our faithfulness to Christ and our Christian life. Only God knows the value of a faithful Christian life. Psalm 31:23; Psalm 101:6; Prov 28:20 You may not see the value of faithfulness to the Lord in your life now, but in due season (Gal. 6:9) you will reap the benefit of a faithful life!
3. The third investment that has Spiritual returns is the investment of friendship. Only God knows the friends who have invested in friends and won them to Christ. See and read John 1:40-49 where you find one person finding another for Christ. Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
4. Here I barely touch this subject, but the investment of our finances in the work of Christ is a Spiritual investment that has great Spiritual return. God has made specific promises concerning our giving. Look up these verses and the promise connected. Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 9;7; Acts 20:35; Prov. 19:17 and Eccl. 11:1-2
I say this unapologetically, I have never been able to out give God!
5. Then there is the investment of a “good fight.” Whatever we are not willing to fight is the winner in our life. The Bible calls this a “good fight.” 1 Tim. 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
2 Tim. 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” We are to be “good soldiers” as well. Every time we take a Biblical stand, we are fighting a good fight of faith! I am still reaping rewards from the battles I fought with the world, flesh and devil years ago.
6. This all adds up to a life well spent! 2Cor. 12:15 “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.”
How are you investing your life? Have you given your heart to Christ? If you have, praise God. If you have given your heart to Christ, are you making investments that have a Spiritual return? Are you investing in Faithfulness, Friendships, Finances, Fighting the good fight, and finishing your course with joy. 2 Tim. 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”