A Sound Investment
Whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. -Mark 8:35
Receiving Christ as Savior and following Him as Lord is an investment that pays eternal dividends.
A wealthy young man came to Jesus and inquired, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17). Jesus told him to give up everything and follow Him (v.21). But this was far more than the rich young man had bargained for. It seems that he wanted a level of religious commitment that would not upset his secure lifestyle. Jesus, however, required that he hold nothing back.
As a young man, Jim Elliot determined to invest his life for eternity by serving God on the mission field. Along with four other young missionaries, Jim ventured into the jungles of Ecuador to take the gospel to the savage Auca Indians. On January 8, 1956, Auca tribesmen killed all five missionaries in a surprise attack.
“What a loss!” some might say. Yet, in the intervening years, many of the Aucas have become believers in Jesus Christ. Jim Elliot and his colleagues lost their lives but gained eternal dividends. In his journal Jim had written, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”
One day we will “lose” this life.
Let’s choose now to invest it for eternity. .
Some think that they have everything
When riches come their way;
But that they’re poor will be revealed
On God’s accounting day.
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