Discipleship | Lesson 7 | Devotion 1

Mark 8:34-37 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

The term “return on investment” (ROI) was developed to give people an insight into the financial benefits they could expect in return of their investment. In most cases, the higher the ROI, the more appealing any investment becomes. Financially, there is no ROI that can be guaranteed. Professionals can estimate, calculate, and predict, but they can never be guaranteed.

For the Christian, we have a guaranteed return. The Bible teaches us that when we invest our lives into the work of Christ that we are actually receiving life in return. When we choose to hoard our lives and keep them to ourselves, we are actually losing our lives. While we may never be able to comprehend how this happens, we can actually see a glimpse of how it works in our day to day to lives.

If the day ever came where you were told to empty your accounts of all of your funds and spend that money, what would you do? An unwise person would spend their funds on frivolous items that hold no lasting value. They would spend it on technology or a nicer vehicle. All of these things are necessities, but they do not hold long-lasting value. A wise person would go and invest that money into property or another type of investment that would yield a healthy ROI. By investing into something of lasting value, you would never lose, but your payout would occur later.

By investing in the work of God, you may miss out on some things this world has to offer. You may miss out on some events that occur on a Sunday because you are in church. But, by investing in your into God’s work, you are guaranteeing a return for all of eternity. Sounds like a pretty good investment, doesn’t it? Commit today, to begin living in light of what is waiting for you!

We would challenge to review Matthew 6:19-20 from this week’s lesson to see more about this subject.