The Importance of Investing Day 2: Investing in Christ
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8, ESV)
Part of this devotional study will be spent talking about investing in relationships with others. Today, let’s talk about investing in the most important relationship—our relationship with Christ. The only way you can have this relationship is if you are a born-again Christian. Maybe you’re thinking, What in the world does she mean when she says born-again Christian? I simply mean that you have realized that you are a sinner in need of repentance. Not one sin can enter into Heaven, and no one is perfect—we all have sinned. We’ve all, in some way, lied, cheated, stolen, coveted, and the list of sins goes on. And Jesus said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7).
We needed someone to pay the price for our sins, because we can’t get rid of them on our own. Christ Jesus did this; He came to this earth in the form of a human and lived a perfect life so He could be the sacrifice for our sins. He bore our sins on the cross and paid the price for each and every sin—past, present, and future. He died and rose again that we might be saved and spend eternity in Heaven with Him. If you don’t have this relationship, I urge you to seek Him today, because it is the best and most important relationship you will ever have.
Even if you are a redeemed Christian, you might feel far away from the Lord right now. You may have made some decisions that created distance between you and God and you’re feeling a little lost. I’m happy to say this does not mean all hope is lost—He wants you to call out to Him. There is never a moment or a period of time when you are “too far gone” for Jesus. This, however, doesn’t give us an excuse to live however we want, knowing that, no matter what, we will be forgiven; we ought to live as Christ desires us to. But when we inevitably fall short and fail, He is there no matter what. I always appreciate the reminder in James 4 that if we “draw near to God … he will draw near to [us].” We don’t read that He “might” reach out to us, but he “will.” He will not fail to draw near when we are in need.
There are many ways we can invest in our relationship with Christ, but the most obvious one is to spend quality time with Him. It would be pretty hard to have a strong connection in a relationship without spending any time with one another. You spend time with friends and family and you know their interests, fears, and intimate details about their life. The same goes for our relationship with Jesus—we have to spend time with Him daily, investing in and building up that relationship.
You might be wondering, How can I do this when He isn’t someone I can physically see? Even though He is not physically with us, we can spend time in His Word and listen to what He has to say. In a relationship, it’s important to listen to one another (something I’m not always good at). Devote valuable time each day to reading and studying His Word and learning more about Him. We will never regret the time spent in His Word. I find that when I do, verses will come to me when I need to hear them the most.
Another way to invest in our relationship with Christ is to come to Him in prayer. We can come to Him about needs in our lives and in the lives of others, and we can come to spend time just worshiping Him. We can talk to Him as we would to a loving friend (obviously in reverence). I challenge you to find time each day to come before Him in prayer. It doesn’t have to be some drawn-out, put-together prayer, but just come before Him daily, thanking Him for all He has given you.
I encourage you to seek Christ today and to build up your relationship with Him, investing in this relationship as you move forward in your life. If you are a Christian, you will spend an eternity in Heaven with Him, and that relationship should grow here on earth before you get to Heaven. We will never regret spending time with the One who loved us enough to give everything for us.