“People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4 NLT).
One time I had the privilege of lecturing at Oxford University, and while I was there, I was invited to go to a meeting of Oxford Analytica. This is a group you’ve likely never heard of that has enormous influence in the world. Every day around 6 a.m., the leading scholars of Oxford gather in a room to get reports from all around the world about what’s happened in the last 24 hours, from crop prices rising in China to more unrest in the Middle East. Then they make the decision about what needs to be said about it. By 11 a.m. a report has been given to groups that pay big bucks for this information, such as the CIA and major corporations.
Oxford Analytica is founded on the idea that the best leaders make the best decisions when they have the best information. Even if you are a good leader, if you don’t have the best information, you’re going to make a bad decision.
You need the best information to live the best life that God wants you to live. That information is right there in the Word of God.
The Bible says in Matthew 4:4, “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (NLT).
God wants you to make the best decisions and receive his best for your life. You do that by feeding on the Word of God throughout your day, every day.
God Teaches Create a Step-by-step Plan
Eliezer designed a simple but well-thought plan to find Isaac’s wife. He took ten of Abraham’s camels with him, loaded with samples of the best of everything Abraham owned. He journeyed to Nahor and then made the camels kneel down outside the town beside a well.
Eliezer then prayed, “O Lord, God of my master, Abraham This is my request. When a young woman comes to draw water, I will say to her, “Please give me a little drink of water from your jug.’ If she says, “Yes, have a drink, and I will draw water for your camels, too,’ let her be the one you have selected to be the wife of my master’s son.” (Genesis 24:42-44 NLT)
Now this was a big deal because camels can drink a lot of water. So that meant the woman would have to draw 20, 30, maybe 40 buckets of water. That’s a serious commitment. And that’s the kind of woman Eliezer was looking for – a woman who was kind, generous, had a servant’s heart, was willing to help someone in need and would go the extra mile.
And you know what? His plan worked. A woman named Rebekah offered Eliezer a drink of water and then she offered to water his camels also.
Ask yourself two questions: 1) How do I intend to get there once I know what my goal is? 2) How long will it take?
You can either drift through life or you can be directed through life by taking the time to think through where God wants you to be. Is your future worth the effort? Yes, absolutely!
The Best Financial Investment You Can Make
God’s Word tells us to store up our treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:20-21).
How can we do this? In one of his most misunderstood statements, Jesus said, “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9 NIV).
Jesus did not mean for you to “buy” friends with money. What he meant was that you should use the money God gives you to bring people to Christ. They will then be friends for eternity who will welcome you when you get to Heaven! It’s the best financial investment you’ll ever make.
You’ve probably heard the expression “You can’t take it with you,” but the Bible says you can send it on ahead by investing in people who are going there: “By doing this they will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven — it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well” (1 Timothy 6:19 TLB).
What are ways you can invest your money in other people? What are ways you can invest your money in bringing people to Jesus? Pray about this, and see who or what God brings to mind. No matter how small, make one investment in eternity this week.
Your actions will affirm your faith.