With the help of faith friends from our gathering of Faith Driven Investors, we’ve begun drafting a set of Unifying Principles. Our hope is that we can begin to come together under these thoughts and ideas to work toward a more full vision of what it means to let our faith drive our investments.
If you have thoughts, questions, concerns, things you’d change or add, please let us know! We’re relying on you, our community, to make this resource the best it can be.
So much of investing is focused on the “how” and “where.” But for the Faith Driven Investor, the biggest question we can ask is “why?”
While it’s the hope of this movement that dozens if not hundreds of new investment vehicles will be created across a wide variety of asset classes, breadth of selection will never be the most important result of our work, nor will the aggregate amount of money invested. Those will be important signposts of progress, but our hope is that every Christ follower sees each investment decision as a chance to hear from God.
The “how” we invest (seeking God) that is more important than the “where” of we invest. Even more important than the “how” and the “where” is the “why” of investing. We believe that when we come to understand the value of the gift of life, both now and eternal through the abundant generosity of God, that the natural response is one of worship and gratitude. Heart posture is the aspect that puts us in the best position to be successful in our investing.
This heart posture stems from a gratitude for the gift we’ve been given and an eagerness to serve God with it. We believe that God cares less about the size and strategy of your investment and more about your heart behind investing at all. So, before we start wondering how and where, we have to first ask why. We have to look in and up before we can go out.
Using Scripture as Our Guide
Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Psalm 16:8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.