Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Check Your Investments!

Have you checked on your investments lately?  With the current state of  our economy, investments get a lot of attention these days. 

      This past Sunday as I was visiting with people a few minutes before worship started, I came to a young couple with a new baby.  I spent a few minutes talking to the couple and the baby when the dad, John Adams, said “so, did you come by to check on your investment?”  He was playfully referring to Weston being a future youth member.  We both had a good laugh.  Whether it was intended to be or not, that was a pretty profound question. 

Children are certainly important investments into the future of the Lord’s church.  The young people today are going to be the future elders, deacons, ministers, and bible class teachers of the church.  We must be diligent in working with them and teaching them how to be leaders. 

A wonderful example of our responsibility to the younger generation is found in Titus chapter 2.   “that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise be reverent in behavior not slanderers, not given to wine, teachers of good things.”  - Titus 2:2-3.  This passage talks about our responsibility with regards to our influence and example.  We must not only be willing to teach our young people, but be willing to live what we teach.  The second part of the passage talks of what we should teach the younger generation.  “that they admonish the young women to love to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Likewise exhort the young men to be sober minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that the one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say to you.” Titus 2:4-8.  

While our financial investments require attention, so much more do our eternal ones, let us be good investors in things eternal!

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