As someone in their mid 30’s who still lives the vast majority of their life like their 13, it’s kind of weird to think my wife and I have assets and savings. Banking. Bonds. Portfolios. Pensions. That’s all stuff for adults. I can’t even match my socks. Yet, here I am, meeting with a retirement counselor and occasionally checking in on the stock market. As much as both my wife and I love our work, we realize that we don’t want to do it forever. Each month, a chunk of pay goes into a couple different accounts meant for use a quarter century from now. Lord willing, if we both make it. Check with us in 25 years.
We are reminded in Proverbs that it is a fool who doesn’t think about the future (Prov: 6:6-8). Yay. Point for me. But should I, as a Christian, have money in my savings account when I could be giving it charitably? Do I really need to put aside money for the future if God is going to take care of me? Hmm. God gives all, and tells you to save for rainy days, so He will give you something to save for a rainy day. Honestly, I’m not sure. What I do know is saving is an important discipline, especially with the consideration of tithing, but we are reminded by Jesus that we can get carried away with accumulating things, hoarding our wealth, our assets, and collections (Matt 6:19-24; Mark 10:17-27) and be led down not only a distracting path, but a divisive contrast to the life that pursues God that leads to destruction. If you must err on a side as you pursue God’s answer for this, it would be to give more, and save less. See the sparrows and the rich young ruler.
Unfortunately, or honestly, more fortunately, you will not receive any long term financial advice from me because I can’t even be counted on to keep cash in my pocket without losing it. The virtuous woman in my house is responsible for all of our rainy day savings. Although still not fully qualified, I would like to take a moment to focus on the savings that occur in today’s reading. As we all know, weddings can be very expensive affairs and often are the culmination of many years worth of saving. Keep this in mind when you begin to read about the marriage supper of the Lamb. God has been “saving” for the wedding of Jesus and the Church since the foundations of the world. Imagine how elaborate this celebration will be, when God begins to tap into his reserves for sons and daughters. This is a nest egg far beyond our imagination.
“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns! Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. – Revelation 19:6b-7
Investing in a single company, bond, or stock is a foolish idea, that’s Finance 101 and some wisdom for earthly investments. However, for treasures that await in heaven to become sight on earth, you can’t diversify. You must be sold out in your devotion to the Savior (Matt 16:24-26). That means you must begin reducing and selling off your other investments of your time, your mind, your energy, and your heart. If you must bank, first, bank of the hope of Jesus Christ. If you must save, first, let it be for others in the telling of the Gospel message. If you retire, first, let it be in the peace that comes from this saving knowledge. The pension that comes from a lifetime of devotion to God is far greater than we could ever imagine and earned through our faith in a single truth: Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God and Father, given as propitiation for our sin, and He is coming again to establish God’s kingdom. Wholly invest in this.
The Lord their God will save his people on that day as a shepherd saves his flock. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. – Zechariah 9:16