The Capitol One commercial asks, “What’s in your wallet?” The implication is that their credit card is powerful in the ability to acquire property.
In this world a diverse and rich portfolio indicates success. The more stocks, bonds, cash, and property you have, the wealthier you. But as the saying goes, you can’t take it with you. That portfolio is only good for your lifetime on earth.
A more important question is, “What’s in your spiritual portfolio?” Our investments here are infinite.
Saint Theodora’s spiritual portfolio was rich in devotion to God. Every day she cared for the sick and poor, taught the Word to children, and trained religious women to do the same. She honored the Lord with her thoughts, words, and deeds. And she continues to bring people closer to God. As a saint, she is called upon to pray with us and for us.
We too need to build our spiritual portfolio. Yes, we are saved by grace alone (Ephesians 2:8) and through Christ alone (Acts 4:12). Salvation is God’s gift to us.
But Scripture also states that faith without works is dead (James 2:26). The Good Book continues with volumes of instructions and guidelines about not only what we must do but also should not do.
Scripture says to obey God (Romans 1:5, 16:26) and follow the Ten Commandments. We also are instructed to forgive endlessly, bless those who curse us, pray for our abusers, listen to one another, and not judge or boast.
Jesus said that if all of this overwhelms you, remember that the greatest commandment of all is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).If every thought word, and action is out of love and in the name of Jesus, you can’t mess up.
Your spiritual portfolio requires daily attention. Follow this guideline and it will pay off forever.
(Photo taken in Southern Colorado)
©2012, Mary K. Doyle