It is considered wise to diversify our capital investments so as to protect from the volatility that exists in the market, but if God's Kingdom can be seen as an investment, should we follow the same strategy?
What is diversification?
Diversification is the act of spreading investment dollars across a range of assets to reduce investment risk…
Diversification is the simplest way to boost your investment returns while reducing risk. By choosing not to put all of your eggs in one basket, you protect your portfolio from market volatility.
The concept of diversification in investment is well-known and considered to be a very wise strategy, but does this concept translate to our goals as relates to salvation? Should our focus be broad and wide with the concept of covering our bases, or should we, instead, keep all of our eggs in one basket?
Let’s first look at the concept of investment as relates to the Kingdom of God. Is the Kingdom of God an investment and is it diversified?
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
Mat 13:44 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. –gave up everything for this treasure
The only way to that treasure is through Jesus, who is the way AND by no other name are we saved (no idols or people).
Joh 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Act 4:11 This is the 'STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED BY YOU BUILDERS, WHICH HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE.'
Act 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Jesus also describes this way or path as narrow and difficult.
Mat 7:12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. -Golden Rule-
Mat 7:13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
Mat 7:14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
He even instructs us to give our sole devotion to the KOG and righteousness.
Mat 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Additionally, we have received the Word of God which explains all proper behaviors and devotions.
Eph 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
Eph 1:12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
Eph 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth (Joh 17:17), the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
That very word gives us numerous human examples of sole devotion to God, which proves to us this way is achievable…
Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Heb 11:14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.
Heb 11:15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.
Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
Is the return of Jesus the basket which holds all of our eggs, or have we “diversified” our interests and devotions, our investment, in order to stabilize our “profits”?
Life is full of distractions! We could be tempted to allow (intentionally) for just a little bit of this or that vice. We could devote too much to our occupation, whether in the name of being a hard worker or for the sake of financial security, or even for the sake of fear of losing our jobs. How do we define what is too much? When less, whatever that amount would be is still enough, and we are no longer neglecting our responsibilities in the body of Christ. We could devote too much to unconverted families. We should never neglect our families, but do we give them favor over the house of God? We can become obsessed with entertainments and hobbies to the neglect of our time with God and the House of God.
Believe it or not the above temptations, distractions, and misguided reasonings, all taking us away from devotion to the Kingdom of God, are characterized by God as wisdom that is found in the world.
Let’s turn to 1 Corinthians 1:18-20 1 Corinthians 1:18-20  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but to us which are saved it is the power of God.
 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
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1Co 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1Co 1:19 For it is written: "I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND BRING TO NOTHING THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRUDENT."
1Co 1:20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
Finally, and my last point, hearkening back to Hebrews, we are then admonished in chapter 12 to drop all distraction and follow their example of faith.
Heb 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
- The kingdom of God is likened to a singular treasure we should be willing to give up all other things to possess.
- The only way to that kingdom is through Christ.
- That way is narrow and difficult.
- That way is succinctly defined as seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
- That same way is clarified in the word of God, and only in the word of God, defined as TRUTH, we having the Holy Spirit as a seal for achievement.
- We have been given examples of those who successfully fully invested in God’s kingdom, what they did, and how they did it.
- And we are admonished to follow their example, meaning, we have been given the criteria through their example of how to apply this devotion.
This Feast of Trumpets represents a time when JUDGMENT will come down hard on this earth, but it also foresees a day of salvation to all those who gave everything they had to invest in God’s priceless Kingdom. Do we have eggs in multiple baskets in our lives? Because only one basket is the right basket, so let’s make sure all of our eggs are in THAT basket. We MUST be all or nothing investors in the Kingdom of Heaven!