Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
The idiom is familiar to most of us, as is its meaning: if you depend completely on one thing and that thing doesn’t work out, then you’ve lost everything. The worldly wise spread things around a little—a single egg in this basket, two eggs in that one, a half dozen in this one over here. That way, if something goes wrong—and something usually does go wrong—you’ve got other eggs to fall back on, so to speak.
Makes sense, doesn’t it? And so we diversify everything from our portfolios to our allegiances. A little faith in family and friends over here, and then maybe a little in politics over there. It just makes sense, except when it comes to God and His kingdom. As the apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 3: “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (v.19).
God’s Word is clear. One of these days, one that is definitely not confined to our timetables, there will be a sudden realization, when “the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).
Everything we just knew was so certain and secure, like nations and kingdoms and political leaders and princes, will be revealed to have been temporary. Their power and rule, which often feels so comprehensive to us, is only effective here and now. Their power has boundaries, like the edges of one of our egg baskets. The kingdom of God, on the other hand, encompasses both heaven and earth. It knows nothing of boundaries or baskets. In fact, when it comes to all the plans of the rulers of the kingdoms of this earth, the psalmist shocks us by writing that “the one enthroned in heaven laughs” (Psalm 2:4).
When it comes to something like our financial eggs, for example, yes—it is wise to diversify. But when it comes to our loyalties, true wisdom means placing our faith in the King who will reign forever. Until His kingdom comes in its fullness, we are to “serve the LORD with reverential awe and rejoice with trembling” (Psalm 2:11).
Written by John Blase