Jesus spoke quite a bit about money. If we look at His teachings, we’ll see plenty of warnings not to put our trust and affections into material wealth. He shocks the disciples by declaring,
“Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:24)
Often in God’s Word, we can see patterns. He is so gracious that He gives us glimpses into the lives of others who lived before us, so we can begin to know Him better.
Abraham left his family and his country to go to an unknown land of promise. Jacob fled from his homeland with only a staff in his hand and a generational blessing. Moses left the security of being Egyptian royalty to follow God’s call on his life. Esther forsook the safety of palace protocol in order to step into her role as deliverer.
In finance terminology, net-zero means no gains and no losses. In God’s kingdom, big losses are often the prerequisite for tremendous gains. Jesus taught us this lesson when he said,
“I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone [just one grain, never more]. But if it dies, it produces much grain and yields a harvest.” (John 12:24)