Sunday, March 17, 2013
DAY 17: Store Up Heavenly Treasures!
“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 where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:19-21
It’s smart to save money. Spending all that you have is foolish:
“There is desirable treasure, And oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man squanders it.” - Proverbs 21:20
So God is NOT telling us to spend all that we have, but rather to invest in HEAVEN! There is an entire train of thought here that I am tempted to take, but let’s keep it very simple:
Today, take 5 minutes and decide how much you are going to INVEST. You are going to take some money out of your savings account, your rainy day fund or under your mattress. Financial advisors would say, “NO!” but God says, “YES!” The amount is up to you. But if it doesn’t take faith, it’s not enough. God doesn’t tell EVERYONE to give ALL, but He tells EVERYONE to give SOMETHING.
Today, you are going to store up or invest in... HEAVEN! Some people invest in Apple, Google or Microsoft. Some people invest in real estate or their education. But today, YOU are going to lay up for yourself a treasure, in HEAVEN!
How do you do this?
You give to your church or into a fruitful kingdom work. You sow to the poor. You invest in that which is eternal. So go. Write a check and drop it in the mail. Go online and GIVE. Trust that God will cover your investment and pay it back in interest.
Rejoice, knowing that you have an eternal reward! But don’t tell anyone... you don’t want to lose your reward.