Fresh Hope – 11th June 2020

When I was 18 and got my first proper job I remember looking into getting a mortgage on a small terrace house. I then decided against putting all my money into a house but should enjoy being young and so I got a motorbike. 10 years later, I got married and I remember wishing I’d gone ahead and invested in that house because I would own half a house that would have significantly increased in value! 

In this unusual time where it feels like our lives have been put on hold, there is an opportunity for reflection. You may be thinking like I was, ‘what have I been investing in?’ ‘What should I now invest in?’

Let me encourage you with this thought from the parable of the talents found in Matthews gospel chapter 25. 
Just to summarise the story, a master is going away and entrusts to three servants 5, 2 and 1 talent respectively. Then after a long absence returns to find that two of them have doubled their master’s money, but one (out of fear) buries it. His master is delighted with the two and very angry and punishes the latter. 

If you’re like me, when you hear this familiar parable, you hope that firstly you get trusted with the larger portion, but then secondly you manage to increase it. What’s interesting though is that we often overlook the fact that none of them actually got to keep the talents but had to hand them back. They weren’t theirs and never would be. What actually was said to the faithful servants was ‘Come and share in your master’s happiness!’

This was the ultimate reward not the talents. Therefore maybe in this life you haven’t been given the most, don’t worry, just be faithful with what you have, stop worrying about the size, and make sure you invest wisely. 

Okay, now here’s some math. Did you know that 1p invested in eternity is worth an awful lot more than £15billion invested today here in this very temporary world?
Also this is odd but 1p invested eternally is actually equal to £15billion invested eternally.

Because anything multiplied by infinity is infinity. 
Houses, cars and holidays are great, building a business or an organisation is fulfilling, but not necessarily eternal.

When you keep being faithful to God’s call on your life, when you invest in the community, feed and clothe people, when you continue to serve your local church, helping to man the spiritual life boat by helping to pull the drowning to safety, it’s eternal and you will reap a reward that will never perish.

Keep on serving in the church, keep on investing in people and remember: your pennies in eternity far outweigh any cost or value in today’s currency! 

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Luke Cartwright

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