Last month I asked the question: “Are You Investing Your Talents?” I briefly discussed the differences between planting and burying something. The Bible has a lot to say about planting, sowing, reaping and harvest. When something is planted, it is with the expectation that it will eventually break through the ground and produce. On the contrary, we bury things that are dead or we want to hide. 2 Cor 4:7 says:
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
The treasure is the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is not something a believer should want to hide, yet there are many undercover Christians. Paul said in Romans 1:16:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
As Christians, it is our honor and obligation to share the gospel. The Lord could have enlisted a host of angels to spread the good news. Instead He commissioned us, the earthen vessels to Go therefore and make disciples of all nations. This treasure we have has qualities any savvy investor would drool over:
- It’s better than real estate – It will not depreciate…ever.
- It’s better than gold and precious metals – Thieves can’t steal it
- It’s better than tangible goods – Vandals can’t destroy it
- It’s better than an IRA – You don’t have to wait until you are a certain age to enjoy it
- It’s better than a jumbo CD – There is no high entry cost to invest, in fact, the price has already been paid
- It’s better than rare memorabilia – There is enough for everyone…yet it won’t cause the cost to go down
- It’s portable…you can take it wherever you go!
- Value: PRICELESS
If you have this treasure, don’t hoard it and don’t bury it. The gospel is living and is something that certainly should not be hidden. Our job is to plant and let God do the rest.
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
1 Cor 3:6
We have this treasure. The question is, will you plant it or bury it?