Investing Wisely: Matthew 6:19-24

Do you ever think much about investments? That often depends on where you are in life. Children have little to no income and their parents provide for them. Young adults are often hesitant to set money aside when the budget is tight and they are living paycheck to paycheck. They’re simply focused on paying the bills. As we get older and retirement starts to loom, we begin to be more and more interested in having a retirement account to fall back on. Sacrificial and wise investment in those middle-age years is key to being able to enjoy retirement later. How will we be able to make ends meet when we don’t have the energy to work a 9-5 job every day? We need to be prepared. And yet, a recent report from the US Federal Reserve said that nearly a quarter of American adults have nothing saved at all for retirement. For those of us who have the means to invest, we need to invest wisely.
So what do you think makes a wise investment? How do we know if an investment opportunity is a solid one? It is good look for high ROI- Return on Investment, ideally a percentage at least around 7% annually would be a conversative estimate for the stock market. There should be minimal risk involved: we want to make sure that we are making more than we invested and don’t actually lose money. There are endless ways to make these investments- stocks, bonds, high yield savings accounts, franchising, real estate, and crypto-currency, just to name a few options. Within each one of these categories there are more possibilities to choose from: which stocks, which bonds, which savings accounts, etc…
So how do we find good investments? Talk to smart people who actually know what they’re talking about. Turn to reputable advisors- that may point you in the right direction, or manage your investments for you for a cut of the profit. While Social Media, TikTok, Uncle Fred or Bobby Joe from down the street may have lots of ideas on how you can spend your money, they might not be the best of ideas.
This weekend we will turn to the best of all places to teach us about investments- the Bible! Specifically, the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:19-24. As important as it is to invest well for our retirement homes, it is even more important to invest well for our eternal homes.
I invite you to join with us this weekend as we dig into what it means for us to invest wisely today and what that looks like practically. Our socially distanced service is Saturday evening at 5, and our Sunday morning service is at 10:15, where you can join us online if you can’t make it in person. We also have excellent Sunday School classes at 9 for all ages.
Have a great weekend and I look forward to pursuing Christ, Community, and the Great Commission Together with you soon!
-Pastor Nathan Rice

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