Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Matthew 6:19-21

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth and rust destroy, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

The phrase, "store up for yourselves treasures in heaven," jumped out at me as I read it. We've got a pretty good handle on storing up "treasures on earth." For most of us, the acquisition of "stuff" never ends (always the newest, latest, and greatest). We know about making earthly investments, but what about making a heavenly investment?

An investment in heaven - storing up treasure there - is doing something that nobody else ever sees, it seems to me. Obviously, this isn't all it means, but it's a good start. Things that are done quietly and without fanfare fit into this category. Taking someone a meal, visiting a shut-in, driving someone to an appointment or to church, praying for or with someone, sending a note or card, paying a bill, mowing someone else's lawn, and donating to the local foodbank are just a few of the illustrations of investing in heaven. These things are treasures that will never fade away.

"For God is not so unjust as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints." (Hebrews 6:10)


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