While many hold their breath waiting the outcome of the USA government’s last minute financial debt deal, others are overcome with doubts as the media predicts interest rate hikes with one report and interest rate falls in the next. Japan and Greece’s financial woes, although far away, add to the uncertainty. No one seems to know what any economy is going to do next and fear has crept into many homes. Money that so freely flowed at the beginning of the new millennium is now beginning to be hoarded and debts so glibly acquired now strangle and taunt by day and by night as quick spending has turned into quicksand.
In times of uncertainty we need to step back and think of the big picture – no not, retirement plans, the BIG, BIG picture – eternity! Money, what we accumulate, keep and loose, is only temporary. It has no value in heaven.
Did you hear about the smooth talking lawyer who convinced St Peter to allow him to bring one thing to heaven with him? When he arrived he proudly showed some angels his suitcase full of gold. The angels took one look at him and asked St Peter why he brought street pavers with him.
Like the lawyer, our perspective about what is valuable can be all wrong. We need to put our value not in the dollar, pound or yen, but in investments that last beyond this life into eternity.
Jesus us gives us the attitude we need to adopt, particularly in times of economic uncertainty. He tells us:
“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
Or to modernise it:
“Do not lay up for yourselves large investments in your retirement fund where the tax man can steal them; in shares where the stock market can crash; or in property where sub-prime mortgage collapses can deflate them overnight. Instead lay up your treasure in heaven where your relationship with God, love for others and good deeds will give you dividends for eternity. For where your treasure is, there your heart, thoughts and energy will also be.”
So how do you invest in your eternity? Here are some simple steps:
- Invest time and energy in building your relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Live the life Jesus asks of you. Obey His commandments.
- Show love to others. Give generously of your time, gifts, love and resources. Start at home and move out from there.
- Invest in yourself – develop your character, become the person you want to be in heaven.
Then when you get to heaven, your investments will provide you great dividends that will last forever.
In what ways do you store your treasure in heaven?Share your ideas with us in the comments below.
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