Profit or Loss?

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

Mark 8:36  

Do you remember having the idea of compound interest explained to you as a young person? It usually went something like this: “If you just put away three dollars a day now over the next 40 years, you will have saved $43,800; however if you figure in the interest you will earn over those same 40 years at 5% per year you will find that you have gazzilions of dollars saved for retirement!” While that seemed mind-boggling to me at twenty-one, I still never really put it into practice until later in life.  Today’s young Americans appear to have gotten a firmer grasp on financial risk and reward, yet sadly often miss the idea of profit and loss in their relational investments in life.

Jesus talked often about risk and reward. He radically called for his disciples to risk investing everything they owned, everything they hoped including their families and futures for His kingdom. It’s not that Jesus was a greedy pitchman, or a con-artist parting folks from their money. Jesus in fact said things like, “Sell all you have and give to the poor..” Mark 10:21 and  “…preach the gospel to the poor..” Luke 4:18. Jesus wasn’t interested in getting their financial investments, but rather their relational investments. How different might our society be if we lavishly invested ourselves in others as much as we do in our retirement savings?

Investment means putting our principle at risk. The greater the risk, the greater the reward. Can we stop and ask ourselves the question tonight,

“Who am I willing to give my life for?” Then no matter the risk, begin to daily invest in your life in them and trust in God for the return!

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