May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you.

1 Thessalonians 3: 12

 

It is probable that most of us have something invested somewhere. When we put that money aside for this purpose we have goals and objectives in mind. A good investment advisor will usually counsel us to diversify our portfolio. That means that some of our capital is placed into the sorts of entities that promise growth but may be a bit more risky, and some of it is set aside in savings that don’t really grow much but are very safe. Out of this balanced approach we achieve a combination of increase and security.

 

If this approach to managing something as ordinary as God’s gift of income and financial security is valuable and worthwhile, how much more significant is making as careful and thorough a plan for investing in the Kingdom of God? When we engage in that process, the primary capital that we have to invest is love. This is the abundant riches and wealth that God pours out upon us. Love is the paycheck that grace writes for us despite the fact that we haven’t earned a cent of it. The inexhaustible sum that is displayed on the amount line is written in the blood of Christ for the world to see.

 

Yet, we can choose to keep the state of our investment account secret. We can go through life acting as if our relationship with Christ is a private matter and like love is a rare and easily depleted asset. However this seems to be the opposite of the advice that Paul is giving us. Paul is saying that we don’t need to do anything to earn God’s love other than freely receive that which God does lavish upon us, and in turn, we can open our hearts and lovingly embrace others without reservation or restriction. We can choose to openly display the love that Christ has poured out on us and share it freely with the world, and as we give away Christ’s love, we are investing wisely in things that matter for eternity.