How Is Your Spiritual Portfolio Doing?
Posted by Job on November 12, 2008
I was listening to the radio yesterday (an evangelical Christian channel) and the host of one of their more prominent Christian talk shows was doing a commercial for an investment/financial services companies that mentioned the recent stock market slide that was to the effect of “recent stock slide wiped out your 401(k)? worried about your retirement? well contact us!” Now I could play the people cheap by using Matthew 6:25-34 as a scripture citation, but the truth is that nothing in the Bible precludes sound financial planning. So I will just say to Christians concerned about the goings on in the financial markets: live and plan wisely, but ultimately remember to pay it no heed. Most Christians throughout history and even in the world today have practically nothing when compared to our standard of living that we so often fear losing. (The early church was particularly known for its poverty and dignity in the face of it.)
Further, wealth, even that which we come by through honest and prudent Christian living and management of our affairs, is temporal. It will have no place in eternity. So, we should concern ourselves with our accumulation of things in the spiritual, which will live forever with us in Christ Jesus!
So, Christian, how is your spiritual portfolio? Up or down? Rich or poor? Hot, cold, or lukewarm? Time for an inventory check. What is your portion of below, and how are you using it in your daily life?
Do you have the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance? Please see a very good devotional on this topic below.
That is not all! Instead, you also need these on your spiritual ledger, the fruits of the spirit: faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpretations of tongues. Now don’t let “charismania” make you wary of this topic. Instead, read this devotional!
Material wealth is temporal (as is the lack thereof for you Christians for whom God has in His divine sovereign providence chosen to elect modest means as your lot in life!) but things of the Spirit are forever! So Christians, go out and make truly wise investments, which will be those that last forever! Study your Bible, pray and fast often, fellowship, evangelize, engage in good works, and resist the devil so that he will flee from you so that your spiritual portfolio may be full!