God’s ever evolving path and plan for my life has certainly not been void of immense hurdles and challenges. Growing up in a family of Holocaust survivors, adopting children who were severely abused and neglected and being brought to lead Christians Care International are certainly just a few examples of how God has challenged me to not only respond to His calling of supporting Israel and the Jewish people, but also to excel in that calling by crossing the line and doing whatever it takes to get the job done.
When I was young, my parents as well as society sent me a consistent message. That message was to invest in my future! Get a good education, find secure employment and save money. While it is important to set ourselves up for a good future, what is often not mentioned is how important it is for us to invest in our eternal future. I know for me, it was something that I thought little about until I was a mature adult.
As we live through life’s challenges, it is easy to become busy or distracted, causing us to defer what we can do today until tomorrow or into the future. Many times, when good intentions get put off long enough, they fall down the ladder on our list of priorities and are often forgotten. In our busy lives, time is one of the most precious commodities we possess as people. Irrespective of how rich or poor we are, how busy we become or how many challenges we face, we all possess the same amount of time in any given day. Investing our efforts and time in people who are in need of help, may not yield financial returns on earth, but it certainly will bring forth eternal fruit.
Please take a moment and think about, what is the value of a single life? How much time and effort should we invest in one individual who needs our help? God clearly gives us the answer to this in Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” To be created in the likeness of God means that each and every one of us bears His image and with it, a value beyond our unique characteristics or individual attributes. Nothing else in God’s created order has the distinction of reflecting His image. It is a privileged status reserved only for humankind.
Investing in a fellow human being is investing in a person created in God’s image and raising up a person in need is investing in the extension of His Kingdom.
As we work hard and and acquire money, it can be a blessing or a curse. It’s not the money that’s the problem, it’s our attitude toward it. When God blesses us with financial awards and time on earth, He expects us to use a portion of that wealth and time to serve others in His name.
I am praying that as you read this, you will consider the value of eternal investments and the fruit that they will bring forth to not only the lives of those you invest in, but also to yourself.
As the executive director of Christians Care International, I can tell you first hand through our life saving work, that when you invest in an individual in need, you are truly raising that person up to God.
Please drop me a note or leave me a comment. I am always happy to chat about the value of eternal investments.
May God bless you and your family,
Christians Care International