Did you know that God has an investment plan? Did you know that it has a guaranteed rate of return? Now, you might be wondering, if God has all power, and he owns everything already, why does he have an investment plan? And what is it? Well, let me explain.
In 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, the Apostle Paul says…it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. That’s a lot of powerful claims. Paul says that God has established him, anointed him, put his seal on him, and given the Spirit to him as a guarantee. That is an incredible investment by God into Paul. But this is not just for him. This incredible investment is for all Christians.
And that is the point. Paul isn’t boasting in himself. And unlike the false teachers, Paul isn’t trying to win people to himself. Paul wants to anchor their confidence in God. Christians should not boast about themselves. Whatever measure and manner of faithfulness that any Christian manifests or receives is a reflection of God’s perfect faithfulness to all Christians. It’s not simply about Paul. And it’s not just about the Corinthians. It’s about all Christians. And it’s all due to God’s grace.
God has made an incredible investment. He has fully invested himself, in you. And no matter what anyone thinks right now, God’s investment will pay eternal dividends. Because the value of the investment is based on the value of God. His investment cannot fail, because it isn’t dependent on you, it is dependent on him. He is the one who redeems you and transforms you.
An amazing thing about this investment is that it keeps on growing. Through all the ups and downs and all arounds of this life and this world, this investment never decreases in value. And God is going to increase the value of his investment over time, and into eternity. You start out as merely a human being. But God’s investment of himself in you turns you into an eternal testament to his glory. And none of the issues or evils of this life or this world can stop it. As Romans 8:28 says, God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love him. For the good of his investment. Many things in this life are evil, they aren’t comfortable, or enjoyable. But for the Christian, they are ultimately turned toward your good because they help to conform you to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s Romans 8:29. That’s the power of God’s incredible, indestructible, invincible investment.
God made a predetermined plan for a predetermined purpose with a predetermined end. God’s investment plan was to create human beings, enable them to triumph over evil, and exalt them to glory. The Holy Spirit is the guarantee, the down payment on God’s investment. His work in your heart is the revelation of your invested status. Christian, you are established in salvation, anointed for ministry, sealed with his security, and guaranteed by the Spirit. And one day God’s investment will fully mature. And God’s people will be perfected, with no sin, and live in a perfect world, with no sorrow, forever. I’m telling you, God is invested, and that investment will see a guaranteed return. In Ephesians 1:18, Paul prays that you would come to know that you are God’s inheritance. Our riches are in God, and God’s riches are in his saints. God has a vested interest in all Christians. And he has made sure that you are a guaranteed investment, with a guaranteed return. You will be like Jesus, forever. That’s why Jesus came and lived a perfect life and died for your sins, to secure God’s investment. That’s why I’m banking my life and my future in God.
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