May 12, 2021

Pastoral Nuggets: Have You Checked Your Balance Lately?

About two weeks ago, I attended the Homegoing Service for my friend and mentor, Rev. Bobby “The Parson” Robinson.

And what a beautiful service it was!

Today, his widow, Miss Margie, joined him in heaven, where they were reunited with their daughter Kim, who died a month or so ago.

I am so thankful that God allowed my lifepath to intersect with theirs. I am the one who got the better end of this friendship!

As Bro. Bobby and Sister Margie’s son-in-law, Pastor Mike Hornsby was speaking at Brother Bobby’s service, he told a story that is the inspiration for this column today.

He told about how Bro. Bobby was always concerned about his money. He was not technically savvy enough to logon to his computer or smartphone and check his banking balance.

So, what did he do? He made it a practice to physically go to the bank every day or so, stand in the line, then walk up to the teller and say, “I am just here to check my balance.”

“I am just here to check my balance.”

Wow! That hit me like a ton of bricks! Now, quite naturally, I am not speaking about a physical monetary balance.

I am speaking about the heavenly account that the Bible mentions in Matthew 6:20, (KJV) “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”

I wonder, have you checked your balance lately? Do you have enough Spiritual funds accumulated to “eternally retire?” Sobering thought, isn’t it?

One of the greatest things about living in America is a little thing called: Compounded Interest.

In a nutshell, compounded interest is when you allow the money you earn in an interest-bearing account, such as a savings account, a 401-K, or something of that nature, to roll back into the corpus of the account.

You are then earning interest on your interest. This is called making your money work for you! Compounded Interest!

Is America a great country, or what? And to tell you the truth, when I sat down at my computer to write this column, prior to starting, I logged into my 401-3b retirement account to check my balance. Again, I say, “Compounded Interest!  Is America a great country, or what?”

As I was processing my thoughts about checking your balance and compounded interest, my mind went to another scripture.

Revelation 14:13 (KJV) says, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”  Ain’t that a great verse of scripture?

It is saying that when we retire to heaven, our death does not finalize our heavenly account! Honey, I am talking about Spiritually Compounded Interest here!

The rewards/dividends we will receive for the good works we did in this life, that changed somebody else’s life, that changed somebody else’s life, that changed somebody else’s life, (You get the picture) just keeps on compounding and being credited to our account! Ain’t that cool?

As I begin to draw the column to a close, I do so by circling back around to the central question: Have you checked your balance lately?

Let me give you some absolute truth here: You cannot write checks or make withdrawals on an account that you have not make sufficient deposits to cover.

And as my old friend Neal Phillips, Sr. used to tell me, “Preacher, if your outgo exceeds your income, then your upkeep will be your downfall.”  He is 100% correct!

Come to think of it, just maybe we need to make sure we have opened a heavenly account before we worry about deposits and withdrawals!

Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV) tells of some who neglected to open an account.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Do you have an account?  Have you checked your balance lately?

Brother Aaron

Comments

  1. Jimmie Jones says

    Amen Brother!

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