Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 19th June 2016
Quarter Theme: Living with Eternity in View
Topic: Investing for Eternity
Texts: Matt. 6: 19-21
Memory Verse: Matt 6: 20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (NIV)
Investment is a buzz word today especially with regards to money. Most of us are careful when it comes to investing our money, because we know it is in limited supply. But, it’s amazing that while people are careful about investing their money, they are often very haphazard about investing in eternity with their lives. They waste time, yet we have limited time to live on earth. Without thinking, people devote their lives to pursuing fleeting pleasures and possessions, but they give little thought to investing their lives with God, who gives inner joy, lasting treasure and most importantly, eternal life. Jesus referred to this as storing up treasure for yourself, but not being rich toward God (Luke 12:21). The believer faces the temptation of being like the world in seeking treasures on this earth, in seeking to find security and satisfaction in temporary things instead of what we already have in our relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ. The devil brings this temptation to distract the believer from what truly matters – our relationship with God the Father, but we have instruction from God today not to yield to this- “Do not store up for yourself….” Matt 6:19
We can draw some analogy from the parable of talents in Matthew 25: 14-30, we all have been granted “talents” which can be equated to “the gift of life” and we are required to invest our lives for the benefit of the master, not ourselves, for the period He is “away” and ready to give account when He returns. Lessons to be gleaned from the parable includes: 1. The Lord expects us to invest our lives by working hard for Him. 2. The parable teaches that the duration of our lives on earth are different (representing different talents given to each servant) 3. The Parable also teaches that we work for the Master, not our own selfish purposes. 4. It also teaches that we will be held accountable for how we use the gift of life given to us by God at His appearing. 5. Our lives (talents) are owned by God.
This then bring us to what eternal investments we should be making while we have the gift of life. All the resources that God has given us while we are here on earth are investable. These resources include our time, money and talents. We must invest them in spiritual things that have eternal value, which is the soul of men and enrichment of our relationship with the father. He wants us to live for others rather than pre-occupied with ourselves and what God can do for us. Jesus spoke of two paradoxes: The person living only for himself will lose his life in the end, and losing the pleasure of sin is nothing compared with losing one’s soul eternally (Matthew 16:25-26). At His return, He’ll judge “all people according to their deeds” (Matthew 16:27). Jesus is asking us not to live for this life, but for the next. He invites us to invest in Him.
The apostle Paul also offers us the same investment opportunity: “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life” (Colossians 3:1-3).
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1. From Matthew 6: 19, discuss the characteristics of treasure stored on earth. How can we avoid the temptation of storing treasures on earth?
2. Using VFC as an example, what practical ways can we invest our God-given resources so as to store treasures in heaven? What part will you play to ensure this happens?
3. What do you think it means to use your money to help your friends, relatives and neighbours trust in Jesus?
4. Discuss lessons we can learn on how Paul invested his life for others from the following scriptures: Colossians 1: 9; 28-29, Colossians 2:5, Colossians 3-4