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Wise Investment

Every once in a while my husband and I wonder if our modest retirement savings are in the right place.  Will they be there when we need them?  Or should we invest them somewhere else?  Experts don’t agree, and of course they can’t see into the future. 

Even more important—because its effect goes way beyond our retirement and even our death—is how we invest our affection, our priorities, our time, our energies.  Are our thoughts and efforts focused on physical pleasure, possessions, power, and popularity—OR on things that will last forever?  Why is this such a difficult choice?

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.  And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.  (1 John 2:15-17 NLT)

Where’s My Inheritance?

I can identify with the Old Testament Levites.

You will never find “Levi” on a map that shows the distribution of the land among the tribes of Israel.  They didn’t get any!   Instead, God said that He Himself, and the privilege of serving Him, would be their inheritance, or special possession.  (Numbers 18:23b-32; Joshua 13:33 & 18:7)

Another way in which the Levites were different is that they were supported by the tithes of the other people as they devoted themselves to God’s service.  And they, in turn, were to give God a tithe of what they received.

My husband and I own no property—no land, house or even car.  I must admit that occasionally I feel disenfranchised.  But in my saner moments I appreciate the freedom this really gives.  And I give thanks for the special privilege of having none other than God Himself—and the privilege of serving Him full-time—as my special possession.  And like the Levites, we give thanks for the support of God’s people and also give a share of that back to the Lord.

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