Investing for Life
One life. That’s all you get. So, it makes sense to pay careful attention how you’re living that life. The most important change in life occurs when we believe in Jesus for eternal life. We’re freely given a new nature and are guaranteed life after death. But until then, God invites us to invest the one life we have by living for Him. You’ll only be held accountable for becoming the person God intends for you to become. Why not discover who you are and begin investing for life!
When you’re reminded that you have only one life to live, what kinds of emotions surface for you? Why would it make sense to pay careful attention to how you’re living your one life?
Our salvation is assured the moment we believe Jesus for it. In what sense, then, does God hold us accountable for how we live? Read 2 Corinthians 5:9-11 and Romans 14:10-12. If the Christian is already saved and going to heaven, what then will the Christian give an account for?
Mark 8:36 in the NET Bible offers an accurate translation that reads: “For what benefit is it for a person to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his life?” What does it mean for a Christian to forfeit his or her life? (compare 1 Corinthians 3:5-17) What is the opposite of forfeiting your life?
Carefully read the Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25:14-30. How is the concept of investing a central theme in the parable? What does God ultimately hold you responsible for in life?
(Continuing in Matthew 25:14-30) What would you need to do to hear God say to you “Well done, good and faithful servant”? What might we expect if we are lazy in living for Jesus?
We can under-estimate or over-estimate our gifting and abilities in life. How do you discover the real “you” God made you to be?
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