Devotions By Jan

Short or Long Term?

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longterm-investmentScripture for Today: Philippians 3:8 “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”

There is so much advice out there regarding investments and how to plan for the future.  CNBC and Bloomberg TV are daily giving their economic forecasts and their tips about investing.  Whether a short or long term investment, the idea is to sacrifice now for the prospect of gaining something later.  There is said to be three points to consider: time, today’s sacrifice and prospective gain.  Being an impatient person. it would seem to me that short term investments are the way to go!  But of course, that is not always the case.

Our verse for today speaks of loss or sacrifice and the resulting gain.  Paul’s spiritual investments are both short and long term.  He gives up all the recognition and stature he had as a Pharisee.  He was lauded for his zeal and righteousness.  But he sacrificed all of this to gain a loving growing relationship with Jesus Christ.  Knowing Christ far surpassed any greatness Paul had experienced.  He was willing to leave it all behind in order to gain Christ.  He gains Christ in the short term, enjoying his relationship on earth.  But he also gains Christ in the long term with his future in heaven.  For Paul, to live is Christ and to die is gain as it is even more of Christ! (Phil. 1:21)

I want to have that perspective.  Too often I get caught up in what I possess, what the bank balance says, and what my level of comfort is.  Compared to the incredible greatness of knowing Christ, it is nothing at all!

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