Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
When it's all been said and done, there is just one thing that matters, did i do my best to live for truth, did I live my life for you?
What Do You Desire?
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
As we all go through our daily lives and work, take care of our household bills, pay doctors, keep our children healthy, and buy our “toys’ that will pass up our free time that we have and we tend to forget what really is important. It is not the things that we possess the material items we so desire to have, the latest gadgets, the new cars, the huge homes, etc.. that we should be concerned with it is the treasures that we will possess when we pass from this earth and go home to our Father in Heaven. I cannot say that I do not have fun with the material items I have because if I said I didn’t that would be a lie. What we have to remember is what we are here for, what it is that God wants us to do.
Doing God's WIll
In all the things that we do our primary concern should be doing God’s will, to be pleasing to him. I know that not everyone wants to spend all of their free time going out and evangelizing to the lost, or preaching to people on the street in the stores or even at work but even if people took half the time that they have playing with gadgets or watching television to study the word of God or talk about God with other members of the household it helps to keep the faith strong and our focus on God more than not. God makes it His responsibility to care for us; we must always trust that he will do so. We cannot allow fear of any kind to stop us from doing whatever His will is for us. The easiest way to be pleasing to God is for us to reflect the image of Christ in our daily lives. We must trust and obey.
When we accepted Christ as our savior we were placed into Christ, in his death, his burial, his resurrection. The life we have gained is eternal and we live in Christ always. We are no longer part of this world because he has chosen us out of this world. The world is no longer our home, not our true home, and the bodies that we live in are not our true bodies as we will be given new bodies. With this being said shouldn’t we therefore live for Heaven and not for this world? Christians that have placed their minds on things in Heaven and living for God will not be wrapped up in the pleasures made by man, he will not be in love with the things of this world and all that it has to offer. I am not saying that we cannot enjoy the time that we spend here; I am simply saying to not forget where we are going and not to fixate all of our free time on the things of this world. The people who fixate on the things of this world and its pleasures are typically unbelievers that think that they are going to get the best of everything and anything that they can get their hands on because they do not know how great a reward in Heaven can be. I would be lying if I were to say I don’t have gadgets and 3G phones, iPods and four wheelers, I spend my time taking pictures of the beauty around us, the point I am trying to make is not to spend all of your time and money on worldly lusts.
Belonging to Christ
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17 We cannot escape that we belong to Christ, and we respect Christ so therefore we need to represent Him from our hearts. Regardless of our profession we should do all of our work as we are working for the Lord and not for men. We work 40 hours a week maybe more or less and we are rewarded with a paycheck that helps us survive here, but when we do the work in Christ we are rewarded with an eternal gift in Heaven. No matter where we are or what we are doing we can do it in the light of the Lord. He has given us everything that we need to serve Him in all that we do. The best thing of all is that if we make a mistake or we don’t do our best at times He knows and is forgiving. If you want to think of a comparison to man think of this, if you made as many mistakes at work that you do in life (sins) would your bosses be forgiving like God, or would you be replaced and discharged from your employment? It is simple to say that working for God is a much easier task, not that we are entitled to make premeditated mistakes but that if we accidently fall we won’t be kicked out of Heaven we are forgiven.
To Lose or Not to Lose
I believe the most important thing I am trying to say is coming from the very first scripture I posted on here and that is no matter how many treasures we obtain while living here on Earth they will one day be lost because we do not take anything with us when we pass from this world. But the treasures that we have gained in Heaven will NEVER be lost, and will never lose their value. So if you stop and think about this, wouldn’t it be foolish to spend your lives building up treasures here on earth and not in heaven? The scripture says that where our treasures are our hearts will be also. People who are caught up in worldly lusts are not very excited to be with the Lord because they fear losing everything that they have gained here on earth, but those who are abundant in the services they have given to the Lord are exceedingly glad to be with the Lord because they know that the treasures they built up were saved in Heaven for them and they look forward to being with the Lord, and most of all looking forward to the Lord saying to them “well done, good and faithful servant”. One way to start is by giving to others, sharing your knowledge of the Lord, helping people out in times of need, sharing the gospel of the kingdom of Heaven, finding the lost and bringing them to Christ. Love the Lord and great is your reward in Heaven.
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:25 Where are you going to build up your treasures?