There are no absolutes in today’s society. As far as what we believe, there is a smorgasbord as large as a restaurant menu. The notion of freedom has gone way beyond national security. Freedom has found its way into every part of our thought process, our moral compass, and our conscience. “Anything goes” used to be a cliché that was used flippantly. Now it is a truth in itself. Our nation and world have become so free in their thinking that we have embraced every world religion and every immoral lifestyle with the notion that “anything goes.”

The doors of our hearts and minds have been forced wide open to every religion in the world. It is no wonder that people are floundering so. They see nothing to hang on to that is solid. But that is not the case. The more I look around and see the uncertainty in our world and the insecurities of people, the more I realize how thankful I am to have truth in my heart. We can stand upon His Word as truth that will sustain. Psalm 119:89 says, “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven” (NKJV).

Why do we believe in anything? There has to be a reason, purpose, or goal to cause us to believe and exist. Many people wander through life with no purpose and yet we see and hear of some who are doing extraordinary things. Why? Most of them have found a cause, a purpose. They have a reason for existence. Our reason for existence as truth-seeking Pentecostals is based upon our belief in the Word of God: “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (Psalm 119:160, NKJV).

My main goal in this life is to make it to Heaven. Our reason for existence is based on the knowledge that we are not in our permanent home. This is just a temporary phase. Our seventy to eighty years here are as a day to the Lord. His timing is not our timing. If we are going to have a purpose in life, a mantra for existing, it has to be based on something. The songwriter wrote, “This world is not my home, I’m just a-passin’ through …”

So why do I believe what I believe? Why make effort and investment in seeking out truth? Why invest in living a godly life? Why follow the teachings of a book? Because the Bible is not just a book. It is our guidebook. The psalmist said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105, NKJV).

The Bible is the source of our investment, the structure around our future investments. It contains our retirement plan. The reason is because God is real! He does care about us. He is helping us navigate through this world so that we will be able to live with Him forever. The key word here is “forever.” His Word is our strength and confirmation in our future. Psalm 119:47-49 states, “I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love. My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes. Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope” (NKJV).

I put my hope and my efforts and investments in biblical truth. That is the best investment we can “buy.” It is for the future. Our future is not here. We are investing in the lives of our children and people around us so those in which we invest have the same goal, purpose, and hope as we: to make it to Heaven!

What we teach our children and others about the value of truth and how it affects our daily life is the biggest investment we can make.

Time passing through this life is but a second to God, just a blip on the page of time. His timing is perfect and we may think that we have been investing, working for God, putting ourselves back in to people for a long time—but eternity is forever! When we look at all the investments we make, whether they be financial, physical, or spiritual, the spiritual investments are the most valuable and the most rewarding. When we stand on truth and stand for truth, God will honor our investments, and the returns will be much greater than any we could have made on our own. The lives of our families and those with which we come in contact are worth the investment. And with confidence we can say the investment we are making now will produce for eternity!


Connie Bernard is the wife of David K. Bernard, general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International. This article was originally printed in Reflections Magazine UPCI.

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