I grew up in Michigan, got educated on the East coast, wrote books on the West coast. I have traded in the financial markets in Chicago, done missionary work in Italy and have worked as a professional magician, director of international expansion for a restaurant brand based in Dallas and have even served as the director of counseling for a mega-church. Yet, at the core of what I love and where I have seen the most success in my life has been centered around trading.

And as a trader, I have been completely deceived. I have fallen for one of the greater deceptions that this world offers. The Bible says that wealth can be deceitful and will choke out the word of God from our lives (Mark 4:19) if we are not careful. It is immutably true. It does and it has deceived me into thinking that life is about an abundance of possessions. It really is not (Luke 12:15). Life is about knowing and enjoying Jesus (John 10:10).

We make trades every day with our time, money and resources. Yet, how many of us really know how to trade? And how many of our trades really yield a profit in light of eternity? In Isaiah 48:17, this is what the Lord says, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you how to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go.”

The Bible tells us that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable” (2 Timothy 3:16). It is here that we will find treasures everlasting ascribed by the Creator of all things for whom we exist (Revelation 4:11). It is here that we will learn how to be profitable traders.

Have you ever considered the pattern of traders and trading from examples found in the Scriptures (Romans 15:4)? Consider a few of these examples of great and horrible trades.

Worst traders:

  1. Judas and thirty pieces of silver for handing Jesus over – Matthew 26:15 / Profit or Loss? Destruction of his own life.
  2. Esau traded food for his birthright and future inheritance – Genesis 25:29-34 / Profit or Loss? Despised his brother and lived a life of anger.
  3. Samson traded the secret of his strength for pleasure from a woman Judges 16:15-22 / Profit or Loss? Ended up being placed in bondage and costing his life.

Best traders:

  1. Joseph – corned the grain market and saved lives – Gen 39:2
  2. Little boy traded his lunch to feed 5000 – John 6:9
  3. Moses – forsook the temporary pleasures and riches of Eqypt to be with the people of God – Heb 11:25
  4. Widow – put in two small coins, went “all in” on Jesus – Luke 21:1-4
  5. Peter & disciples – they left everything and followed Jesus – Luke 5:11, Matt 19:27
  6. Isaac sowed and reaped hundredfold in one year – Genesis 26:12
  7. Jesus – He became poor to make us rich – 2 Cor 8:9

For me:

  1. I trade the riches of this world for the riches found in Jesus (Colossians 2:2-4). My mind is reset, renewed and restored to how it was created. Profit personal
  2. I trade being seen as a fool in this world to be found faithful in God’s world (1 Corinthians 3:18). Profit – eternal
  3. I trade being polluted daily from sin to being purified daily in righteousness. Profit – internal
  4. I trade my thoughts and ways for His thoughts and ways (James 1:27). Sponsoring children through Compassion International and locally through Vogal Alcove in Dallas. Profit – everlasting
  5. I trade the lies of this world for the truth from God (Rom 1:25). Hebrews 13:4 – honoring marriage and no sex before. Profit purity and peace
  6. I trade all that I have for the opportunity to receive what He gives (Mark 8:36). Profit – beyond comprehension
  7. I trade what I have called value as rubbish if to gain Christ (Phil 3:8). Profit – perspective

Trades:

  1. Satan trades you truth for lies (Rom 1:25).
  2. Constantly offered worldly pleasures vs eternal pleasures, like paradise(Luke 23:43).

In the trading world, the currency of value is cash. In the spiritual world, the currency of value is Christ. In all our worlds, the stewardship of time is incredibly valuable from a temporal and eternal perspective.

I have been living in deception and have been deceived by hasty speculation (Pr 21:5) and it has caused much pain in my life. We are instructed to ask God for two things (Pr 30:7-8). One is to ask that lies and deception be kept far from us. The other is to neither have too much so as to forget God or to have too little and consider stealing.

Thank You Lord for unveiling my eyes and allowing me to see You as the treasure that I am seeking and counting all things loss compared to the surpassing treasure found in knowing You (Col 2:2-4).

© Todd Sinelli

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