A new poll found that recent college graduates are less likely to see their education as being worth the cost compared to previous graduates. (Only 26% of graduates from private universities believed their education merited the price.) The reason behind this disturbing trend is that many students are facing increasingly high debt. Therefore, it’s only natural to ask themselves if the investment is worth it.
In 1 Corinthians 9:25, the apostle Paul explains why the Christian life is a wise investment with guaranteed returns. He tells the church in Corinth that, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” Using athletic imagery, Paul compares following Christ to an athlete who competes to win a myrtle wreath at the victor’s platform. Although the wreath was a mark of honor, it would eventual fade and die. But the prize that awaits the believer is eternal life, which will never tarnish or fade.
Making wise investments is a concern for all of us. No one wants to discover at death that their life was focused on temporal things rather than the eternal. Jim Elliot, a missionary who was martyred for his faith in Christ, wrote these words in his journal shortly before his death, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” As you continue through the rest of this week, invest your time, energy, and talents in that which will never fade or prove to be worthless — the things of Christ!