Choice Choice April 2017
A man, who has received a stock tip, will pour over articles, opinions, and even a book on the subject before deciding to buy in. Yet when presented with Jesus, will dismiss the notion on hearsay without an ounce of effort to investigate the profit. He owns the stock, but with Jesus, it is the man who is owned by the Master. It is an all-the-eggs-in-one-basket investment.
Because Christ’s plan for a life is so comprehensive, it has the greatest risk. Putting your money on the table causes a person to consider the risk/reward proposition. “Will I get a return for what I am giving up; for what I am putting at risk?” The risks with a stock include bad management, a changing market, one incident gone wrong with the company’s product, and rumors. When declaring Jesus as Master, you risk alienation from family, friends, and your job. “One finds many companions for food and drink, but in a serious business a man’s companions are few.” Diogenes c.500 B.C.
Now here is the hard part – the risk is giving up the things of this world which you can touch, the world which is very visible, for a pay off in an unseen realm. Truly, that is called faith. It is not to be taken lightly. In First Peter, Chapter 4, Verse 14 we read, “Be happy if you are cursed and insulted for being a Christian, for when that happens the Spirit of God will come upon you with great glory.” 1 Peter 4:19 continues, “So if you are suffering according to God’s will, keep on doing what is right and trust yourself to the God who made you, for He will never fail you.” (There is great value in reading all of 1 Peter 4 which is about the same length as this article.)
Unlike stocks, however, the payout is substantial, and it is annuitized over an unbelievably long term – forever!
Yet, even in this world, there is a Wall Street component which has great value. When one purchases a stock and the company is stable, the buyer can sleep at night. Conversely, the untried, chaos of a start–up company can lead to mental agitation in the darkness. A decision to follow Jesus brings a peace that cannot be described. A peace that in the midst of a frenzied world allows us to continue holding to that tranquility. Our dividends, paid in our own time, are: well raised children, a solid marriage, a boss who appreciates our 100% effort on the job, and the satisfaction of knowing that we have done everything we can to make this a better world. No one needs to read a prospectus to understand that kind of investment.