Investing in God

Everyone invests in something. We invest our time, energy, and money in things in which we expect a good return (be it financial, emotional, or spiritual).

Christ-followers invest their lives — their time, energy, and money — in God. But sometimes we wonder if our investment is really worth it.

One day, Peter, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, reminded Jesus that he and the other disciples had given up everything to follow Jesus. He wanted to know, “What will we get?” Part of Peter’s question involved trying to determine if the investment was worth it.

Jesus assured Peter that the return on his investment would be more than he could imagine. Jesus said, “everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19.27-30).

The reality is, God is worthy of our whole heart and life. The old Anglo-Saxon word for worship is “worthship.” Worshiping God involves acknowledging God’s worth. The God who sent his son into the world to save it is worthy of our praise. The God who took our place on the cross is worthy of our worship. The God who comes alongside of us and fills us with God’s power is worth honoring.

God is worth our investment. In fact, investing in God and God’s work (with our time, energy, and money) is the best investment we can ever make!

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