“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)
Yes, I know. There is no such word as converterlator.
It is a figure of speech to make a point. We know we cannot take anything with us when we enter the “real world” after our demise in this one.
We live a perishing life in a perishable environment. Everything about us is perishing, including our time, talent, and treasure. Even our bodies are perishing; they are “on loan” to us, and we’ll “turn them in” on a date known only by our Creator.
Yet, we are given the opportunity to convert these perishable items into kingdom investments that will last forever, with ever-increasing returns in the real world to come. The converterlator is the process by which we convert the perishable into eternal investments. We do this by investing our time, talent, and treasure in the eternal values treasured by God.
“…But the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:25, NIV).
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).
The Word of God will last forever, and the souls of people will last forever. Everything else is perishable. This is why KingdomNomics thinkers fix our eyes on the unseen. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV).
The temporary is perishing. Think eternal!
Today’s Scripture, Luke 16:9, is a “converterlator” verse. The writer encourages believers to use the perishable money of this age to invest in the imperishable souls of people who are going to live forever in the heavenly realm.
This is what the “smart money” is doing today. Let’s follow it, and send it ahead. After all, what did the wise men do?
“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11, NIV).
The wise person today will follow their example, first giving their heart to the King, and then presenting their treasures to the King of Kings.
Today, ask yourself:
Am I following the “smart money” principle and investing my time, talent, and treasure in eternal values?