Do you fancy yourself a wise manager? Are you investing your time, talents and money, and getting a good return on your investment (ROI)?
It’s easy to say, “Yes.” But allow me to stretch your imagination by asking, “how’s your spiritual ROI fund doing?”
The article said that “Gleason and the small screen were a magical combination …” But before television, he bounced around burlesque shows serving as an emcee introducing strippers and comedians, while calling the Adams Theatre in Newark, New Jersey, his home base.
After Gleason elevated his performance to the small, and silver screens, he added some insurance in case he fell out of national favor. He loaded a trunk full of suits, laundered shirts, ties, socks and shoes, adding a big label that read, “Jackie Gleason, Hold for Arrival.”
Why did he do that? He said, “Someday I may find myself back at the Adams, and if that happens, I know I won’t have a dime or a suit of clothes, so I’m sending this stuff to the Adams right now.”
Whether we realize it or not, we’re all sending a trunk ahead of us — in spiritual matters.
Regardless of what you believe in spiritually, we can all agree that our legacy will be remembered in more ways than numbers on a balance sheet. Jesus, who taught with authority, healed the sick, cast out demons and claimed to be God, once said, in Matthew 6:19-20, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal …”
So, what’s waiting for us?
Well, it’s based on the spiritual investments we’ve made in our lives, and in those around us. As described in Matthew 25:20-22, Jesus used a parable about talents to explain what’s being sent ahead for us, “The one (servant) who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have earned five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things; enter the joy of your master.’”
The Bible, which I believe is the inspired word of God, also explains that we can have an inheritance waiting for us, because of the work on the cross that Jesus did to create a way to have a relationship with the Almighty holy God, known as Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
As written in 1 Peter 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Contained within this “treasure trunk” for those who are “born again,” are rewards from the spiritual works that God has accomplished through you by the Holy Spirit — things like sharing your faith with others, loving your neighbors, praying for the needy, worshiping God, and giving generously to those in need. Ultimately, it’s based on how good we are at being loving toward God and man.
How About You?
The greatest enemy of developing spiritual ROI is the stickiness we have to “stuff.”
Sometimes I feel like a bug that inadvertently got too close to the water in a pond and has become held down by the surface tension. Often, I know what I “should” do, and yet I can be distracted by things. I know I have an inheritance and reward waiting for me, but I can always do better.
One way to increase your spiritual ROI, outlined in Colossians 3:1-3, is to “… keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth.”
It’s a mindshare thing, that requires the attention of my heart.
Would you like to be assured of a ticket to heaven, with an inheritance and rewards awaiting? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll introduce you the best spiritual fund manager in the universe.
— D.C. Collier is a Bible teacher, discipleship mentor and writer focused on Christian apologetics. A mechanical engineer and internet entrepreneur, he is the author of My Origin, My Destiny, a book focused on Christianity’s basic “value proposition.” Click here for more information, or contact him at email@example.com. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.