Does it trouble you to see unbelievers advancing up the ranks and attaining wealth and success? Do you ever wonder, “Does it pay to serve God?” Of course, it pays to serve God—eternally! Christians lay up for themselves treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). We invest our resources, our wealth, and our lives in God’s kingdom, which will stand for all eternity.
“Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, when the glory of his house is increased; for when he dies he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him. Though while he lives he blesses himself (For men will praise you when you do well for yourself), he shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, is like the beasts that perish” (Psalm 49:16-20, NKJV).
A Christian martyr of the last century, Jim Elliot, died at the hands of the Waodani Indians in Ecuador—less than a year after finishing his missionary training. Was it a waste? Jim didn’t believe so. He lived by this philosophy: “He is not a fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”
If you are dealing with this issue, you do not need to face the challenge alone. Jesus has conquered every challenge so you can move from your present situation to a life of overcoming hope. Invite him to lead you in your journey. He will forgive, comfort, and heal you.
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