Let’s summarize the criteria for selecting investment assets in the capital market. Investment involves buying an asset that is expected to provide the highest value in the future, taking into account your preference and the degree of risk you can take with the limited resource. Here, the investment resource is the capital you hold, and investment assets are divided into real assets and financial assets, or traditional investments and alternatives, depending on the viewpoint. Perhaps the most common investment asset for ordinary individuals would be savings, stocks, funds, and real estate. Among them, finding the asset providing the safest and most profitable return based on individual circumstances is the most optimal investment method in the capital market.
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:19–20, NIV)
Now, we can change our perspective on investment according to the word of 1 Corinthians. It means changing our short-term view of investment into the long-term perspective. It is not to say that it is meaningless or wrong to find investment assets providing better returns in the capital market. It is also important to manage our assets well. However, there is a more significant investment than this.
The Bible makes clear about life after the current life on earth. That is eternal life. Current life is like one dot compared to eternal life. First Corinthians 15 focuses on the resurrection of the dead by apparently mentioning the life in heaven.
Verse 20 says, “Jesus has indeed raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” Jesus, of all the dead, became the first of the resurrection. Man was driven out of Eden, and death has come upon all of us since Adam ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. However, our resurrection is assured by Jesus’s resurrection from the dead.
As mentioned in verse 19, if man has no resurrection nor eternal life, the hope of all waiting for something better in eternal life will be in vain. If so, the values of those saying, “Let’s eat, drink, and enjoy for today” are correct, and it is right to try to be more prosperous on earth. Accordingly, it would be wise to work hard to increase the wealth in the capital market.
However, the apostle Paul defined those as the fools who say there is no resurrection of the dead. He emphasized the certainty of resurrection because Jesus Christ has been resurrected. All Christians who believe Jesus Christ was crucified for us and resurrected from the dead will surely be resurrected and have eternal life. Philippians 3:21 explains the bodies that we will wear when we are resurrected.
Jesus will transform our lowly body into a glorious form when we are resurrected, which will also shine like the Lord Jesus Christ. Our flesh body will age, sicken, and die, but the resurrected body will be filled with spiritual life and full of strong new power.
Figure 11. Conversion of Timeline
Our point of view of investment will change if we accept the fact that there is eternal life after our current life; current life is short, but eternal life is forever. Above all, we will get long-term perspective out of short-term viewpoint. It is natural for us to work diligently for a better life now. At the same time, our final goal will become the rewards God will give in heaven, because life is short but the life after the resurrection is eternal. Therefore, the timeline for the investment is converted into figure 11 from figure 7.
Figure 7 illustrated investment in assets providing the highest future value according to individual circumstance and timeline in the capital market. Now, based on 1 Corinthians 15:20, we have a new timeline of two periods, current life and eternal life, as all of us will be resurrected after death and gain eternal life that Jesus will give. In this timeline, it is wise to do our best with the resources and talent the Lord has given us and hope for God’s blessing in the current life and eventually place our final goal on eternal life.
Through Hebrews 11, we learn that the forefathers of faith perceived the timeline of figure 11. They hoped for God’s blessings in life but eventually focused on the greater rewards they would gain in eternal life. Many of them such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses had inherited Canaan as the promise of the Lord and advanced to the land, but God said He prepared for them a better one in heaven. It is written that it is not only for them but also for us who are now alive. For this reason, our forefathers did not beg for current life and could afford any sacrifice. They knew the true value. They were those who carried out wise investment through their lives.
Our true goal becomes the rewards that God will give in the eternal heaven.