2 Peter 1:5-11
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductivein your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Today many people are investing in stock markets and mutual funds for a secure future. Financial advisors and stock brokers will try to lure you into making that investment which will guarantee you peace of mind and a stable financial future. God wants us to invest in our spiritual future as well. Through the ups and downs of life’s situations we should continually invest in a ‘spiritual account’: our character. The apostle Peter tells us to be diligent about developing our character. After we accept Christ’s lordship over us, we are required to invest these qualities into our character: faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
If we are diligent in doing this when we live our life on this earth, the future returns on our investment in character will be godliness (2 Pet. 1:5-7), fruitfulness in the knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1:8), assurance of our calling (2 Pet. 1:9), and victory over sin (2 Pet. 1:10).
Investing money in stock markets and other funds can be beneficial and profitable, but investing in our spiritual lives offers the best kind of return for our future. Eternity is a serious thing. The short life that we live on this earth is the time to invest in endless eternity.