PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET



If you knew with absolute certainty that you could at minimum triple your money, how much would you put in?  How far would you be willing to sacrifice now for a no-risk guaranteed increase tomorrow?  Most investors would say don’t invest more than you are willing to risk.

My father-in-law is a chicken farmer.  Before retirement, he made a sizable living from his broiler barn.  Additionally, he added to his wealth with beef cattle, laying hens, seed-cleaning, cash crops, etc.,.  Although I have never collected eggs with him, there is an old farm idiom which says, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

Most of us city dwellers have not collected eggs or spent any considerable time with chickens.  What does this expression mean?

To "put all your eggs in one basket" is to risk losing everything all at one time. Example: "My father is a very careful investor; he never puts all of his eggs in one basket." If you had a certain number of "eggs", it would be safest to put those eggs in different "baskets" and not "put them all in one basket". To "put all your eggs in one basket" would be to risk losing all of your "eggs" in case you drop that one "basket".[i]

This all makes sense when it comes to being wise with investments and opportunities.  What would you think of the gambler who takes all their money and the deed to their house to the casino?  They would be putting all their eggs in one basket.  Statistically, they will leave with nothing or a few of their dollars won back.  But, they will not come back richer.  For the sake of a one in a million chance, the gambler will still try with all his might to win.

Jesus did not ask us to gamble with our lives, but to die for a sure thing called the Kingdom of God, alternately known as the Kingdom of Heaven.  He calls us to ‘put all our eggs in one basket’.  He asks you to lay down your life in such a way that others might consider you a foolish gambler.  What is this Kingdom of God?

Matthew 13:
 44"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
 45"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Comments

B Webster said…
Right on Kevin. It reminded me I need to be more willing to risk with God than investments since God is really the only sure thing.
Kevin Rogers said…
Hey Bob! Great to hear from you and to check out your blog. Blessings to you and Sandra and the Webster clan.