High Yield Investing

           

        I’m starting to think a lot more about investing than I did a few years ago.  For one thing I’m older and realizing that someday I may retire, but in order to do that I’ve got to have something stashed away somewhere.  I also have a family now and I am thinking about their security if something were to happen to me.  Needless to say I am trying to learn a little more about the investment world and put together a portfolio that will reap healthy dividends which will give me and my family a sense of long term financial security.

            I’ve had different people share with me differing opinions concerning where my greatest investment potential lies.  There have been those who have strongly recommended real estate and others the acquisition of land, still others have proposed putting my investments in gold, and others have thrown the word ‘diversify’ around quite a bit.  Though all of these have their benefits and, of course subsequent draw backs, I have found an investment with far greater potential than any of these.  It’s an investment that promises multiplying yield not only within my lifetime but in the lifetimes of my children and my children’s children.  Now that is an investment opportunity that I am ready to jump into with both feet. 

            This is an investment that is not primarily financial and it is not focused on the financial security of my family.  It is an investment that capitalizes on the greatest investment potential we have as human beings, but it is not real estate or gold or diversification.  The greatest investment we can make is in the spiritual and moral development of the next generation.  This is an investment potential given us by the God of the universe, that if heeded can reap infinitely high yield but if ignored has devastating results.  It is an investment strategy that God lays out for us in what is known to orthodox Jews as the ‘Shema’ which is found in the fifth book of the Old Testament, Deuteronomy.  There God admonishes in chapter six verses two and three, “…you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and ?that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.”  The principles and promises found within this investment strategy still hold true for us today.

            I recently came across some statistics that showed the estimated percentage of each generation that are considered evangelical Christians.  That would be individuals who adhere to such beliefs as Jesus deity, His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, and the resulting salvation that comes to mankind only as a result of His death and resurrection by grace through faith.  In each of the last four generations there has been a steady decline in the percentages.  In the generation that went through the great Depression it is estimated that 65% professed to be evangelical Christians, but the estimation for this generation that is currently filling our school halls is a mere 4%.  In just three generations things have taken quite a nose dive.

            Maybe it’s time we as parents and families take more time thinking about the moral and spiritual development of our children than their financial security.  We and our children can have all the money in the world but Jesus put it best when He said, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).  There is only one investment on the planet that promises eternal yield and not just temporal.  You may have heard it said, “you can’t take it with you,” which is a statement that rings true for every investment you make except the one which is in the spiritual and moral development of the next generation.  Do you have a living and abundant relationship with the God of the universe through the shed blood of Jesus Christ?  Are you passing it on to your children?  I assure you it’s an investment strategy you will never regret adding to your portfolio.

Shema series #6: Loving What God Loves

shemamessage title:  Loving What God Loves

message text: Philippians 2:1-4

message date: 06.21.09

When we rightly love God we will rightly love people and they will rightly see the love of God through us.  This message looks at what it is that God loves and how by loving him we will naturally love what he loves and it will resound in our lives.

 

Shema series #5: A Giving Thing

shemamessage title: A Giving Thing
message text: Luke 16:1-15
message date: 06.14.09
I remember watching the movie Finding Nemo with my children and how they would get the giggles near the end of the movie when Nemo’s dad and Dorrie are chased by the seagulls squawking “mine, mine, mine” over and over again. It may be silly when a flock of seagulls act this way but there is nothing silly when followers of Jesus Christ act in like manner. When Jesus speaks of loving God with all our strength this is what he is speaking about, having an attitude that recognizes and treats everything as he desires.

 

Shema series #4: Love Captivated

shemamessage title: Love Captivated
message text: 2 Corinthians 10:1-6
message date: 06.07.09
Continuing look at Jesus command to love God. This message is a look at what it means to love God with all our mind, recognizing that there is a spiritual battle going on for our minds to capture and control.

 

Shema series #3: Determined to Love

shemamessage title: Determined to Love
message text: Ruth
message date: 05.30.09
This message continues to dig into the depths of what it means to love God. Jesus makes five statements about love of and for God in Mark 12. By looking at the life of Ruth in the Old Testament we seek to gain a greater understanding for loving God with all our soul.
 

Shema series #2: Irrational Illogical Love

shemamessage title: Irrational, Illogical Love
message text: 2 Samuel 6:1-22
message date: 05.24.09
What does it mean to love God with all our heart? This first of the five statements Jesus makes about loving God focuses on that part of us that controls our emotions, desires and feelings. By looking at the ‘man after God’s own heart,’ David the Bible shows us a tangile example of what it looks like to love God with all our heart.

 

Shema series #1: Hear and Obey

shemamessage title: Hear and Obey
message text: Mark 12:28-34
message date: 05.17.2009
This is the introductory message of a new series entitled “Shema.” The series breaks down Jesus answer to the question what single axiom can sum up the whole law. His answer is in two connected parts, to love God and to love people. This message looks at the historical context of Jesus answer and the significance for our lives in the 21st century.