Where have you stored your treasure—on earth or in heaven?
The world we live in today is a consumer’s paradise. We can’t drive down the road or turn on the TV without an ad telling us that we are lacking something in our lives. Like little children, our hearts are naturally drawn to flashy toys and the newest gadgets but happiness in them is often short-lived. When our possessions have lost their lustre and appeal, we often look for the next best thing that we think will bring us some fulfillment but we're never satisfied for long and the cycle repeats itself. Could there be a reason why our hearts yearn for something beyond what this world can offer? What if the most valuable treasure isn't found in this life but the next?
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy and and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, your heart till be also."
There is a common misconception that God doesn't want His children to live successful, prosperous lives but the opposite notion is confirmed throughout Scripture. The Bible is filled with stories of righteous men like Abraham, Job and King Solomon who God greatly blessed for their faithfulness. Jesus warned us that while it is wise to be financially responsible, greedily pursuing money or material possessions may cut us off from entry into heaven, where the treasures of its residents are eternally secure and of much greater worth than anything that this world can provide. The problem isn't in possessing many great and wonderful things but its a matter of our attachment to them—the desire of our heart. If we’re not careful, we can easily shift our love and attention away from God and begin to worship other idols like money, material objects and even ourselves.
Just like Jesus invested His money, time and energy into establishing His Church on earth, we too are called to gain equity in God's Kingdom by investing in the only thing that is transferred over to heaven—souls. As Christians, we must regularly examine our hearts and keep our earthly desires in check so we don't lose sight of our calling. We should seek to maintain a heaven mindset focused on reaping souls for the Kingdom of God instead of accumulating finite things of this world that can be damaged or stolen and will eventually pass away. Let us always remember that heaven is our eternal home and that if we faithfully devote ourselves to God’s great commission, there are immeasurably greater things in store for us in our future than anything we could ever experience here on earth!
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