I ran across this quote in my morning reading.
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The quote was used in context to financial investing, but I started thinking in spiritual terms and investing in eternity. This started a study on goodness.
In my search for goodness, I ran across many verses on God’s goodness.
What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? Psalm 116:12
They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. Psalm 145:7
However, as someone who strives to be a “good” girl, I was looking for how I can invest in goodness. My first thought was the fruits of the spirit. I like what the NIV commentary Bible says and want to share here with you.
If we want the fruit of the Spirit (goodness) to grow in us, we must join our lives to his.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:4,5
Many people try to be good, honest people who do what is right. But Jesus says that the only way to live a truly good life is to stay close to him. Apart from Christ our efforts are unfruitful.
We must know him, love him, remember him, and imitate him. As a result, we will fulfill the intended purpose of the law-to love God and our our neighbors.
Therefore, to invest in goodness means to invest in Christ. Invest our thoughts, our heart, our time. Honestly, we already know this don’t we? It goes back to the greatest and the second commandment. see yesterdays’ post
I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another. Romans 15:14
We are full of goodness because Christ remains in us. He has given us His spirit to bear fruit and produce Christ-like character traits.
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 2 Thessalonians 1:11
- How can you invest your heart, thoughts or time in Him today?
- Choose one verse from above and reflect on it.
P.S. Leave a comment and share your thoughts an the above prompts.