Wise Investments, Part II

Practical devotional thoughts written by Doug Beyer, Atherton Resident since 2011

James 1:11

The sun rises with its blazing heat and burns the plant; its flower falls off, and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way the rich will be destroyed while they go about their business.

Questions for reflection:

  • In going about my business today am I prepared for the loss of this world’s goods?
  • Am I living for today only, or for eternity?

Thought for today: 

“All that stuff—it’s not yours. And you know what else about all that stuff? It’s not you. Who you are has nothing to do with the clothes you wear or the car you drive. Jesus said, “Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot” (Luke 12:15 MSG). Heaven does not know you as the fellow with the nice suit or the woman with the big house or the kid with the new bike. Heaven knows your heart. “The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7 NIV). Max Lucado says, “When God thinks of you, he may see your compassion, your devotion, your tenderness or quick mind, but he doesn’t think of your things.” We live in a land of abundance and we are grateful. God has given great things. Far greater still, however, is the way we can use all those gifts plus our hands and hearts to serve Him and bless others. This is how we store up a treasure in heaven that yields eternal rewards.