April / May 2015 - Vol. 79

treasure chest 
Riches and Investments that Really Matter 
by Tom Caballes

And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth,
so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.” 
- Luke 16:9

Do you consider yourself good with handling money or investments? If yes, that is great. We are called to be good stewards of our time, talent and resources. But the truth is, no matter how rich we become in this life, we will leave them behind. Do you know who the best businessmen truly are? They are the ones who mainly invests on eternal riches. Why? Their riches and treasures will never rot, get stolen or fade away. It is theirs forever – eternal! - to keep. That is why the Bible is encouraging us to use ‘unrighteous wealth’ here on earth sensibly, so that it will earn for us eternal dividends. So, if you have Christ in your life, you are rich beyond compare! In due time, you will earn your rewards. Are you looking forward to enjoying your eternal riches?

So How Do You Invest in Things that Really Matter for the Kingdom?

  1. Use your money, time, talent and resources well. You don’t have to be involved with everything, but you are called to do well where God has called you into. Love your spouse well, bring up your children in God’s ways, and do well as an employee, and wherever else God has called you to – and live out your call in the community well. You are called to invest your resources in loving and serving God and His people.
  2. Decide on things with eternal perspective. Do not be like the foolish rich man in Luke 12, who did not know what to do with his overflowing crops. At the end, he wasted his life acquiring wealth he cannot keep. When you make big life changing decisions, you should be mindful of how that decision will affect you eternally. When you make huge financial decisions, you should remember that you will leave everything behind.
  3. You need to learn to be content. Do not let your heart be focused on earthly wealth. You need to be careful with your eyes, mind and heart from the allures of the latest gadgets and gizmos. Rather than amassing worldly wealth, you should store eternal riches, which brings us to the next point - about being generous.
  4. Practice generosity – you are called to be generous to those around you, including the poor and the needy. Galatians 6 calls us especially to grab opportunities to be generous, especially to the ‘household of faith.’
  5. You are called to support your church and community – because you get spiritual support from them. In order for your church and community to work well, you are called to ‘invest’ your resources with them well.
  6. If you find a real hidden treasure, wouldn’t you share it with your friends and families? You might be tempted not to share your earthly wealth with others because it runs out – but not with God’s Kingdom. I believe that the more we share our heavenly wealth by witnessing to and evangelising others, the richer we will become eternally. Sharing Jesus to others is a great strategy to earn greater eternal returns.
  7. There are two clear ways you can be in danger of ‘losing them all’ – first is by living in sin; second is by not forgiving those who offended you in the past. You need to continuously repent and live under God’s mercy and grace. Get rid of all anger and bitterness in your life and live in freedom to love and serve your eternally rich and generous God, who keeps your eternal rewards safe with Him which you will enjoy in due time.

Other Scripture passages: 

  1. And he said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." [Luke 12:15]
  2. … for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. [Galatians 6:7-10]
  3. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? If you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? [Luke 16:11-12]
  4. Other references: Luke 12:16-21; 1 Timothy 6:6-12; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; and Hebrews 13:5.

For personal reflection or group sharing

Are you a good eternal investor? In what ways can you improve? Are you in any danger of ‘losing them all?’

Tom Caballes is the National Senior Administrator and a National Coordinator of the Lamb of God, a community of the Sword of the Spirit with 7 branches located throughout New Zealand. Tom also leads Kairos New Zealand, an outreach program for high school, university, and post-university aged people. 

Tom and his wife Mhel and their two daughters live in Wellington, New Zealand.


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