Treasure in Heaven
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” – (Mt.6:19-21).
Lately every TV channel and newspaper has been talking about panic, recession, depression, financial ruin, sub-prime borrowing, credit crisis, increase in personal and national debt, housing foreclosures etc, etc. And money is a very timely subject to preach on right now. There’s a fundamental connection between our spiritual lives and how we think about and handle money because only one can be our master – “no man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other: or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” – (Mt.6:24). Our nation is full of greed and covetousness and has made mammon their god. People place their trust in money despite the warning written on our money “In God We Trust.” The love of money is the root of all evil and steals our heart away from God. It will choke the seed of God’s Word in our lives and bring untold heartache in our lives. It makes wives go to work and leave their children and destroys families.
Only the saved and born again Christian has the power in him to swim against this worldly tide of loving money and laying up treasures upon the earth and instead laying up treasures in heaven. Jesus tells us that treasure on earth is insecure: moth and rust destroy (material things are perishable); thieves break in and steal (material things and our bank account are subject to theft): and there is also loss due to inflation, stock devaluation, bankrupts, bad investments etc. Money corrupts families and banks and stock markets and corporations and governments.
Jesus offers us a place (in heaven) where we can invest our treasures where it will increase its value forever. No rust, no thieves, no moths, no change in interest rates, no depression, no bank failures etc. Jesus takes the profound truth – ‘You can’t take it with you’ – “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” and adds this truth – “But you can send it on ahead.” Financial planners tell us this about our money, we shouldn’t think days or months ahead, but 30 years ahead. Well Christ, the ultimate financial advisor, says plan ahead for eternity, and don’t follow the ways of this world. Keep your money away from the moths; lay up your moth–free treasures in heaven. Set your minds on spiritual things and not worldly things – “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” – (Col.3:1,2). Eternal investments yield much better dividends. We have the priceless treasure of the Holy Spirit in our earthen vessels – (2 Cor.4:7)
God’s Word tell us – ”Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton: ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter” – (Jam.5:1-3,5). This earth is no place to lay up treasures. It’s not the earthly treasures that are corrupted, it’s the worldly people that are corrupted by the treasures. “Men of corrupt minds” – (2 Tim.3:8).
Jesus told us the parable of the rich fool. He became prosperous, and so he built great barns to store up all his goods. He said to himself – “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” He was a very clever man in the eyes of the world. But God spoke to him and said – “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall these things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” – (Lk.12:19-21). Moths and rust didn’t destroy that foolish man’s treasure. Thieves didn’t break in and steal it away. But he lost it all because he died. The earthly treasure that we may store on earth is always temporary, even at best. And his heart is always on earthly treasures that he cannot enjoy for long and it takes his heart away from heaven and eternal things.
Be saved and born again and know the riches of God’s grace in Christ – “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” – (Eph.1:7). You can have eternal life and “the unsearchable riches of Christ” – (Eph.3:8). All the riches of this world cannot be compared with eternal life – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” – (Jn.3:16). Don’t follow Babylon-USA because all her riches will burn in one hour – “And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought” – (Rev.18:16,17).
Christ in you – is the greatest treasure in the universe.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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