Can you believe it?! Just a few days ago we
were rushing madly about preparing for Christmas, and now its February! Where did
that portion of your life go? We usually say, "where does the time go?" But the
truth of the matter is, its not time thats being wasted (as time, in the sense
of eternity, is meaningless), its your life thats being wasted. Think about
31,536,000; 525,600; 8,760. Meaningless numbers as they stand. But consider
them in light of this number
365. Mean anything? Let me clarify
seconds, minutes, hours, and days. You spent 31,536,000 seconds of your life on something
Question. Are you happy with what you bought? You see, there is a difference
between spending and investing. You spent 525,000 minutes of your life in 1998 on a
portion of what you have. Are you experiencing "buyers remorse"?
Buyers remorse is a term that was coined to describe what happens to many people
after they buy something. They are enthusiastic about the purchase until they have made
it, but then they suffer a case of buyers remorse, and if severe enough, they return
the purchase. What you bought with your 8,760 hours in 1998 is non-refundable. Are you
happy with it? The next time you hear someone say, "I was just killing time", it
really isnt time they were killing, its life!
On the other hand, there is investment, quite different from spending. Investment
anticipates appreciation, spending anticipates depreciation. Of course, there are risk
factors involved. However, careful examination and studious assessment can reduce the risk
and make the investment seem worthwhile. The investor always looks for the potential
return on his investment. Farmers, in a manner of speaking, invest when they plant seed.
They anticipate that the harvest or return will be sufficient to offset their risks.
Life requires you to make conscious decisions daily as to whether you are
"spending" your life or "investing" your life. It is also required
that you consider what you are investing in. There are blue-chip stocks, high-risk
ventures, junk bonds, and scams, any of which can be quite expensive. Life offers almost
these exact choices.
God made an investment. God planted a seed. His investment, His seed, was the life of
His Son. The anticipated ROI (return on investment) is often denigrated, cast aside,
unappreciated, criticized, and in some cases, destroyed. Few truly recognize and place any
significant value on that in which God invested His treasure. What could possibly merit
the investment of the most inestimable, costly, valued, cherished treasure ever conceived?
What possible return on investment could merit such cost?
Ask yourself, what do you know of in this world that could possibly be worth your most
valued possession? As I pondered this, I really couldnt think of very many things
that I would deliberately, cold bloodedly, give my most valued possession
in exchange for. Oh, I might risk my life in pursuit of a great cause, (i.e.,
the gospel, or democracy, or defense of my family) or maybe spare a kidney, or an eye, to
save the life of one of my children, or restore sight to a blind grandchild. But would I
deliberately give up my life for a drug addict, a murderer, a rapist
who had perhaps raped one of my granddaughters, both less than six years old? Frankly, I
think you know the natural answer to that question.
Isnt it amazing that the only return on investment that God anticipated was
exactly those people Ive just listed, and as the Scriptures say, "
were some of you".
You see, the ROI God has in mind is YOU.