I have been going through a Crown Financial bible study with a group in church. I have already learned so much. And since my husband and I try to manage our finances according to biblical principles, we were already in good shape, but we wanted to increase the effectiveness of our stewardship, and find more resources we could convert into support for missions and the kingdom of God. I really recommend Crown Financial if anyone else wants to get their financial house in order!
But, I have a question about something, that this month’s rash of financial institution failings have brought up afresh to me. My husband and I have yet to begin investing in Wall Street, because of these words of Jesus:
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
Socking away income for the future in Wall Street seems to me to be the equivalent of storing up treasure on earth. If it is not, how is it not? So what happens if Wall Street crashes or companies go belly up like Lehman’s did? They say people have lost fortunes. That seems like the equivalent of moths and rust destroying. If it is not, how is it not? But if we invest our money into the kingdom of heaven, nothing can touch it – because it doesn’t matter what the world’s economy is doing, God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and is able to provide in any economy and situation. So maybe people will call us naive, but we have been investing in missions, in spreading the Gospel, in widows and orphans, for the past years, what other people our age put into stocks and bonds. We don’t have a fortune in Wall Street to lose. But I am pretty sure God’s rate of return is rock solid, no matter what Wall Street, banks, natural disasters and terrorist attacks do.