"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be." Matthew 6:19-21
When my girlfriend (now my wife) and I were thinking about getting married, we decided that we would both start to save up money so that when we married, we could buy a house. We knew that we would need a fairly large sum of liquid cash for a down payment. We were both fresh out of college, and not making much money. It seemed like an insurmountable task to be able to come up with the required percentage for the down payment, but slowly and surely, and over time, we were able to save up the amount needed. It took a few years, but eventually we reached our goal.
Jesus talked about something similar in His Sermon on the Mount. He described to His listeners a different kind of savings. We are all accustomed to (hopefully) saving up and planning out our expenses, trying to make wise choices, and trying to reach our goals. What Jesus talked about, however, is a kind of plan that can't go wrong. We've all seen and experienced plans going wrong recently, foreclosures, lay-offs, mandated furlough days, decreased sales, just a general lack of money, but Jesus has a plan that won't go wrong. He told His followers to "lay up treasures in heaven". He told them not to focus so much on our plans here on earth that are prone to failure, but to focus on God's plan. He told His followers that anything we save up in heaven won't be affected by scoundrels or con artists, adjustable rate mortgages or housing bubbles, lay-offs, downsizes, or a bad economy.
How do we get in on God's plan? God doesn't deal in our kind of currency. God doesn't acknowledge interest rates or stock prices. God's currency is action. When God tells us to lay up treasure in heaven, it's a call to do something. He wants us to invest in what He considers valuable. There are only three things that will last forever, God, His Word, and people. When we invest in these three things, we can be sure it's a sound investment. Spend time learning about God. Talk to Him. Read the Bible to hear from Him. Understand what the Bible says about your life and live what you've learned. Spend time in Bible study, in church services, or in Raise the Bar classes learning about God and His Word. Then, invest some time in God's people. Find a place to serve. You can be a greeter, help in the Parking or Safety Ministries, care for children, or help in the office during the week. These are all ways to invest in God's plan.
But, just like saving money in the bank, it takes, time. We have to be disciplined and specific in what we do. My wife and I made some decisions that would help us to reach our goal, like not buying new cars or buying unneeded items on credit. It was hard, but it paid off when we reached our goal. Investing in God's plan is the same. You might have to make some changes in your life, but God promises that the payoff is worth it.
Posted on Fri, June 10, 2011
by Steven Valadez