How’s your stock portfolio…in Heaven?

Over the past few years, my stock portfolio was growing so slowly that I decided to sell everything in it (minus the profits) and just invest in real estate. It was probably the best move I made, not just financially, but also from a standpoint of time. My mistake? Rather then diversify into some great mutual funds, I had all of my money in individual stocks! If you have ever invested in individual stocks before, you know the type of roller coaster ride you can have with that! As a result, I would normally wake up every morning to catch up on any news related to my stocks and check the latest and greatest price. What a consuming habit that was!

Now, with rental homes, as long as I don’t have some crazy stalker living in it, it’s usually a lot less time-consuming. Being a real estate agent helps with the tenant acquisition process and having the homes in my neighborhood helps with the time it takes to manage them. I guess if I were to rate it on a scale of 1-10, I’d give my stock portfolio a “3” and my real estate portfolio a “7”….but what type of rating would I give my portfolio in heaven?

I belong to a weekly small group with 9-10 other families and we just finished a lesson about storing up treasures in heaven. It’s part of a 13 week study on the Sermon on the Mount and this week it focused on Chapter 6:19-24.

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“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

After hearing a sermon about this, the pastor brought up an interesting point. How do you measure the performance of your portfolio in heaven? Or similarly, how do you “store up treasures in heaven?” Basically, the message behind the passage is that God wants us to be free from the unhealthy and temporal motivations that direct our actions here on earth. Instead, God wants our lives to have an eternal perspective and wants us to be motivated by Him and what He offers us in Heaven.

In a nutshell, here were three suggestions he gave, that he calls the GRE Index:

Be Generous – are you reflecting the love of God (Matthew 10:42)?
Seek Righteousness – are you living out the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)?
Have Enthusiastic Zeal – are you doing everything with an attitude that honors Jesus (Colossians 3)?

Bottom Line: Retirement is over-rated…we’ll all live forever and out-last the retirement we build here on earth. So what are you doing about your eternity?

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  1. Don Eichler says:

    Edward, A very good post even a good sermon. I know some people don’t get paying off their mortgage early but I hope they get this message. GOD BLESS.

    Don Eichler

  2. Grace Safrin says:

    AWESOME 3 SUGGESTIONS edward and great post as well – thanks for sharing!



  3. Nicholas G. says:

    Awesome post. Puts our focus on eternal things. Everything here is temporal, but eternity lasts for ever.

  4. Michelle says:


    Helps to put things into perspective in terms of what’s really important!!!

    Thanks so much


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