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How is your spiritual retirement account?

People worry a lot about retirement. "Will I have enough money?" is a constant concern and is reiterated by money advisors. People research investments and invest. Some buy land, others stocks and bonds, some precious metals, others take out IRAs and CDs, and some do a combination. Others, leave their investment strategy to mutual funds managers. But for the most part, retirement investors have a goal and they know where they stand in relationship to that goal.

I don't know a lot of people that give any thought to how they are doing about their spiritual retirement. In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us we should be investing in heaven and Paul told the Philippians that he wanted them to have entries in their accounts.

And even though God says He will open the windows of heaven for us and Luke says men will give to us if we give, many Christians just don't give, or if they do, they give a token amount. Now, before you say you can't afford it, what would you tell Jesus if He came by your house today and did a self-indulgence check? How many pairs of shoes do you own? How many sets of clothes and purses? How much is in your home for your hobbies? What about electronic stuff and entertainment packages? Let's take a look in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. How much junk food is in there? How much stuff do you buy for your kids and grandchildren that they just throw away? How much money do you waste renting a storage unit for your possessions which you never use? Could you really tell Jesus that you can't afford to give to the Lord's work?

Our focus should be on how great it will be to walk around with God one day after we have heard the Lord tell us, “Well done My good and faithful servant.” You see, the person who dies with the most toys doesn't win. Jesus didn't die a horrible death on the cross so you could live a life of self-indulgence. He didn't save us to amass great wealth for our retirement years. What He commanded us to do was to learn and do everything He taught us and then teach others to do His commandments as well.

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