What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?
~ Mark 8:36
Nothing can make up for the loss of one’s soul. Yet how many of us regularly exchange our lives for much less than the whole world? For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. (1 Timothy 6:7). For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18b). That is why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.(1 Corinthians 13:13).
As we bring a closure to this subject on financial management, what is the overall view of God and finance? Let God’s perspective determine our values. Only by viewing life through the lens of eternity can we see our lives and our assets as they really are. Life is short and eternity is long. Money and possessions do not last, but what we do with our money can count forever. Having an eternal perspective helps us to deal with earthly ups and downs, stock market highs and lows and the wanting to always acquire more and more stuff. If I am concerned about God being glorified, then I am less concerned about hoarding, being comfortable, or keeping up with my neighbour.
The Bible reminds us of the brevity of our lives.
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
~ James 4:13-15
Since life passes so quickly, we cannot afford merely to spend our lives on earthly pursuits and we certainly do not want to waste our lives. We must invest our lives in those things that are eternal. We will choose to focus our lives not on temporary wealth, but on God. God offers us treasure that lasts forever: a relationship with Him that begins here and continues for eternity in heaven. What will we benefit if we give up on what really matters to get a few more possessions? Nothing is worth more than knowing Jesus.
- What will you gain if you own the whole world but lose your soul?
- What should be our main motivators for our life strategy?
- What is the overall goal of everything we have said?