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July 26 – Investing For The Future

“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.” Matt. 6:19-21

Devotional Thought For The Day

I watched part of a video series this past week on the exploding populations of Muslims in western European countries and also in the United States.  One of the focal points was the comparison of birthrates among various portions of the populations of these nations.  Whereas the birthrates in Christian [or traditionally WASP] families is at or below 2 children per couple [less than replacement, therefore a declining population], the birthrate is much higher among the Muslim citizens of these countries [increasing population]. Since birthrates are exponential, multiplying with each succeeding generation, the dismal conclusion was that all of Western Europe, Russia, and the United States would be Muslim dominated regions of the world by around 2050.

The video may be an example of “Chicken Little,” as it is based upon certain assumptions and tends to exploit certain fears and prejudices of a Christian audience. However, it led to some fiery exchanges regarding politics, our military, and how much things have changed already since the eras of the Korean and Vietnamese wars. It also evoked some considerations and speculations regarding God’s judgments and His plans for the future. If this geographical part of the globe became dominated by Islam, with the erosion or loss of our Constitutional rights and democratic form of governance, what would become of “the American Dream”?  And if this were to happen, could it not be seen as the highly ironic [but appropriate] judgment of God upon the millions of brutal abortion murders perpetrated “legally” in these geographical areas [which also has exponential effect on our population], most of which are motivated purely by the sexual licentiousness and selfishness of these people?

Would not the loss of “the American Dream” and our ability to devote ourselves to a life of wealth, prerogative, luxury, accumulation, and privilege make it somewhat easier to hear and heed the encouragement of Jesus – that we are NOT to “lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal” BUT to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven”?  Whether we are ready to admit it or not, the principle common sense wisdom of “the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness” has become just the opposite of what Jesus encourages His disciples to pursue. Somehow, however, we just don’t see the dissonance and contradiction – and many tend to associate “Christianity” with the predominant American ideals and values. It is rather glaringly evident that the majority of Europeans and Americans care little for the Lord Jesus Christ, His Word, or His church. And as Jesus clearly asserts, what we treasure is a clear indication of the nature and condition of our hearts.

Thankfully, as children of God we know what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us and provided for us in His suffering, death, and resurrection.  We know God’s gracious mercy, forgiveness, and love. We know that though our sins are as scarlet they shall be as white as snow, that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. This is and will be our chief comfort regardless of politics and how world history turns. This also should be our motivation to listen carefully and seriously to the encouragement and instruction of our Savior – if our hearts are in the right place. The contemplation of what might be – the dissolution of selfish, wicked, greedy dreams because of God’s just and righteous judgment – can be proper encouragement to reevaluate our own priorities, and where we might like to be “investing for the future.” In the end it is not our earthly “net worth” that matters, but rather the eternal kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, we are easily lured to the pursuit of wealth, luxury, privilege, prerogative, and pleasure – and it seems so imminently reasonable to our selfish sinful natures to accumulate as much of these things as possible.  That this is inimical to following You is plain and evident from Your Word. That many around us have completely succumbed to the logic of our sinful selfishness is also plain and evident. Forgive our foolish weakness and restore sense and sanctified reason to us. Preserve us in faith and in faithfulness to You regardless of the temporal earthly circumstances we live in. Keep us mindful of how to make truly wise investments for the future. Amen.