Saving for retirement is a smart and essential practice but many find it difficult to accomplish. Some people have invested well by purchasing real estate. Others have put their money into a successful business. Still others have invested in the stock market, gold, a 401K, or even an IRA. People plan to use that money for an easier retirement or perhaps travel or any number of bucket list adventures. However life doesn’t always work out the way we plan and our investments fail and we can lose everything we saved. Other times we lose our health and all of the plans we make come to nothing.
While we still maintain the wisdom of having an IRA- an individual retirement account, there is something more valuable. Those who know Christ need to invest into an IGA- an individual godliness account. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:8 and said: “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come”. Paul challenges Timothy and the rest of us to focus our energy of living a life that is characterized by godliness. Keeping our heart in love with God and modeling our life after the Lord Jesus and avoiding sinful activity. As we exercise ourselves in these disciplines we really are making valuable investments into our IGA. These investments will pay off in the life to come when we get to heaven and spend eternity with our Lord. However we do not have to wait till we retire to heaven to start enjoying the benefits of our individual godliness account. Paul tells us that godliness is profitable for all things and will pay off in our life “which now is”. A godly life pays off in our jobs, our marriage, our family relationships, our friendships and in every other endeavor we make.
Don’t stop investing in your IRA or other plans you are making for retirement. But now is the time to start making regular deposits in your IGA. It will pay off both now and in eternity.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation