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2 Corinthians 9

Jerry Zhang
Jerry Zhang

1 min read

Invest In Eternity

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. – 2 Corinthians 9:6

The business world goes by the mantra "high risk, high reward". Simply put, if you don't put yourself on the line, you don't have the opportunity to profit.

You may have heard that the intelligent investor invests with the long-term in mind. The market constantly fluctuates, making short-term investments uncertain. But short-term and long-term are relative to each other. 1 year might seem long compared to 1 month, and 5 years might seem long compared to 1 year.

These business principles are not foreign to the secular world. The distinguishing factor for Christians is this: long-term is eternity and short-term is our lifespan.

In other words, the truly intelligent investor realizes the foolishness of not investing in eternity. That is, to store up treasures in heaven, not on earth will things will simply rot away. Not that you get to keep anything on earth either.

So how do we invest in eternity? There are two ways:

1. Invest In Yourself

If you are not yet a believer in Christ, you need to hear about the Gospel. All have sinned against God, and awaiting every one of us after death is God's judgment. On our own, we will be eternally damned, but by believing in Jesus, we can be granted the free gift of eternal life.

Just like how in the secular world the greatest investors invest in the things unseen (compared to whatever is trendy in the market), the Christian invests in the eternity that is unseen–their very own souls. The return on investment is infinite.

2. Invest In Others

Now that you are a believer in Christ, it's time to start sowing seeds. It's time to share the Gospel that we freely received to others who have not yet heard or yet believe. Just like how we received an infinite return on investment for free, we want others to experience that very same joy and benefit.

The saved souls of others is the treasure in heaven that we must seek. Anything in this world will eventually rot away because it's all temporary. Therefore, by the basis of simple investing principles, it makes sense to go for the ultimate long-term investment: the saved souls of others.

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Jerry Zhang

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