Tuesday, February 8, 2022
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Matthew 6:19-21 – Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (ESV)

Most of us think of investments in monetary terms. However, we can also make investments of time and energy by what we do and the actions that we take.

The Oxford English Dictionary's first definition of the word "invest" is to "clothe a person with qualities" and only the third definition is to "employ or put money into stocks, etc."

We often hear of a person who has amassed great wealth by this world's standards, but who died a most unhappy person. We never hear of a "wealthy" person driving his fancy sports car to his own funeral.

On the other hand, we admire people like Mother Teresa who spend their lives serving others. On December 4, 2021, the New York Times published an interview with Denzel Washington Jr., a Christian actor, director, and producer, who said:

    What I do, what I make, what I made — all of that — is that going to help me on the last day of my life? It's about, who have you lifted up? Who have we made better?

This quotation struck me as consistent with the teachings of Jesus referenced in today's passage, and also with His answer to a question from an expert in the law:

Matthew 22:36-40 – "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (NIV)

Throughout my life, I have been blessed with many people who have positively influenced me. In the last three decades, I have enjoyed the friendship of Dr. Basil Springer, whom I first met in Barbados on a hot summer afternoon. Although advanced in years, he writes a weekly column as a "Change-Engine Consultant". In a December 6, 2021, column, he wrote:

    We are spiritual beings attempting to master an earthly experience. When we die, the body and mind are no more, but the soul continues its journey through a continuum. If we have faith in and continually communicate with God, this nourishes our soul and strengthens its development. Prayer conditions our minds and meditation instills a tranquil serene environment in which to receive messages from God.

I am thankful every day that belief in the saving grace of Jesus allows me to do my part in helping to show others His love as I move along this earthly journey. I am grateful that God does not require us to amass great wealth but only to show His love to others in simple ways.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for showing us the way. Help us to follow the example given by Jesus. In His name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good advice, Vince. Have a blessed day.

    Thank you, Vince. The golden rule has been on my mind too, lately.

    Thank you for your inspirational messages. They are a blessing to me.

    I enjoyed your devotional today. We all need reinforcements in our daily lives.

    Great post and such an important reminder to us all, Vincent!
    God bless and thanks for sharing!

    Thank you, Vincent, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us.

    Good words Vince. There is no better way to live our lives than to follow the example of Jesus. His way is the right way for sure. Blessings for your writing.

    Thank you, Vincent.
    The quotations from Denzel Washington Jr. and Dr. Basil Springer are so true and so very helpful, as is your prayer. Blessings.

    How true!
    My son had an operation recently to remove a cancerous tumour and we heard that the cells are back again, more treatment on an already wasted body!
    My spirit is uplifted by words of faith from others. Thank you for this devotional and the strengthening quotations.

    Hi Vince,
    Thanks again for another wonderful Devotional. Your writings are so inspiring and challenge me to do more for those around me.
    Have a wonderful week.

    Good morning, Vince,
    A good message with great examples to remind us of what is truly important in our day. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and thoughts with us. I was surprised by the order of the definitions for invest and also pleased.
    May you continue to invest in others and sharing with others.

    Good morning, Vincent. Thank you for another excellent message.
    Whenever I read your devotionals, my spirit is given a reassuring sense of calm. A gentle reminder of God’s sustaining love for us all.
    Be blessed,

    Thank you for continuing to show the way to others on your life journey.

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