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Summary: Part 16 of Sermon on the Mount Series, a look at what we own and what owns us.

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Gold Mine?

INVESTMENTS, IN THIS DAY AND AGE EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT THE RIGHT INVESTMENT, THE BEST INVESTMENT, EVERYONE WANTS A PERFECT INVESTMENT. AND THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF INVESTMENTS, GOOD INVESTMENTS AND BAD INVESTMENTS.

WHEN I WAS IN GRADE ELEVEN AS A PART OF MY ECONOMICS COURSE EACH STUDENT WAS GIVEN AN IMAGINARY $1000.00 TO INVEST ANYWAY THEY WANTED. NOW, SOME PLAYED IT SAFE AND BOUGHT GOOD SOLID STOCK, STOCK LIKE N.B. TEL AND THE CANADIAN IMPERIAL BANK OF COMMERCE. OTHERS TOOK CHANCES AND DID VERY WELL, OTHERS TOOK CHANCES AND LOST THEIR SHIRTS.

NOW I SHOULD RELATE TO YOU HOW IN IMAGINARY FUNDS I BECAME A VERY WISE AND SHREWD INVESTOR AND MADE MY MILLIONS AT A VERY EARLY AGE. BUT I CAN’T, THEN THE PROPER TURN TO MY STORY WOULD BE HOW I TOOK MY ONE THOUSAND, IMAGINARY DOLLARS AND LOST IT ALL IN THE IMAGINARY STOCK MARKET AND BECAME AN IMAGINARY PAUPER. BUT LOOK TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH I CAN’T REMEMBER.

BUT I DO REMEMBER TWO OF THE STOCKS I DID INVEST IN, ONE WAS THE COMPANY I WAS WORKING FOR AT THE TIME DYLEX DIVERSIFIED, THEY OWNED THE CLOTHING STORE WHERE I WORKED PART-TIME. THE OTHER STOCK WAS CALLED LOST-RIVER MINES. FOR SEVERAL YEARS I FOLLOWED THOSE TWO STOCKS AND DYLEX DID VERY WELL, IN THREE YEARS IT TRIPLED IN VALUE. ON THE OTHER HAND LOST RIVER MINES LIVED UP TO IT’S NOMENCLATURE AND IS LOST SOMEWHERE. A WISE INVESTMENT AND A FOOLISH INVESTMENT.

EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE YOU’LL HEAR THAT SOMEONE HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF INSIDER TRADING, THAT IS THAT THEY USED CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION TO BUY AND SELL STOCKS AT AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE. IN THIS PARTICULAR SCRIPTURE CHRIST IS GIVING US SOME VERY IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE INSIDE INFORMATION CONCERNING OUR INVESTMENTS. AND THIS ISN’T ILLEGAL.

IN THESE THREE VERSES CHRIST COUNSELS US AS CHRISTIANS TO SELL SOME STOCKS AND CUT OUR LOSSES, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME HE IS ADVISING US TO PURCHASE STOCK THAT HAS A VERY HIGH YIELD. IN OUR TEMPORAL STATE WE’D JUMP AT THAT WOULDN’T WE? IF WE HAD IMPECCABLE INFORMATION CONCERNING OUR INVESTMENTS. AND YET THIS IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THEN MERE MONEY THIS IS OUR ETERNITY.

IN VS. 19 CHRIST TELLS US THAT BAD INVESTMENTS ARE THE ONES THAT CAN BE LOST. DO NOT STORE UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES ON EARTH WHERE MOTH AND RUST DESTROY, AND WHERE THIEVES BREAK IN AND STEAL. NOW WHAT JESUS WAS TALKING ABOUT WERE THINGS THAT RUSTED, ROTTED OR WERE RIPPED OFF. TODAY YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT THAT LONG FOR THINGS TO BECOME WORTHLESS, ONLY UNTIL THE WARRANTY RUNS OUT. THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS LIFE THAT IS INVINCIBLE, NOTHING THAT CANNOT BE WORN OUT, BROKE OR DESTROYED.

EVERYTHING WE EARN, EVERYTHING WE BUY EVERYTHING WE COLLECT IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO DAMAGE. AND CHRIST IS BASICALLY TELLING US THAT IF THAT IS WHERE YOU MAKE YOUR INVESTMENTS THEN YOU ARE DOOMED TO DISAPPOINTMENT. IN CHRIST DAY PEOPLE ASSOCIATED MATERIAL BLESSINGS WITH GOD’S BLESSINGS. NOW THAT’S SILLY ISN’T IT, I MEAN WE WOULD NEVER BE GUILTY OF THAT WOULD WE?

IN OTHER WORDS IFN YOU COULD BUY A NEW CHARIOT EVERY YEAR THEN PEOPLE WOULD BE CONVINCED THAT GOD WAS REWARDING YOU FOR SOMETHING. NOW I DON’T BELIEVE THAT CHRISTIANS OUGHT TO BE DESTITUTE. YOU SEE I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE CHILDREN OF THE KING, AND AS SUCH WE ARE NOT TO INHERIT POVERTY. ON THE OTHER HAND I DON’T NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THE NEW PROSPERITY THEOLOGY THAT IS SWEEPING THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH. IT BEEN REFERRED TO AS A CARGO CULT AND THAT IS PRETTY CLOSE TO THE TRUTH. I’VE MET SOME DEVOTE HOLY SPIRIT ANOINTED CHRISTIANS WHO CAN PRAY HEAVEN DOWN, BUT WHO HAVE REALLY DONE NO MORE THEN EXIST FINANCIALLY OVER THE YEARS.


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