Save and Invest
Earning interest on your savings is good. It sure beats stuffing cash under the mattress or slipping twenties into books or slowly filling up a safe deposit box. Because of the steady drip-drip-drip of inflation, though, money that isn’t moving is slowly losing its value. Even a bank savings account probably won’t keep up with inflation.
Good managers of God’s treasures look for investments. Maybe it’s investing in equipment that will make your business bigger. “Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest” (Proverbs 14:4). Draft animals are expensive to acquire and maintain, but they multiply your farm output many times over.
Business activity that is well run and meets people’s needs will grow faster than savings passbook interest. Jesus not only described this timeless process but speaks approvingly of a man’s industry and drive: “There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers” (Matthew 21:33).
Do you have an investment strategy? You will almost certainly benefit from having an adviser coach you to make the most of your assets. God indeed loves and helps the poor, but that doesn’t mean that you should make poverty a life goal.