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STORING TREASURES IN HEAVEN

STORING TREASURES IN HEAVEN

There is nothing intrinsically evil in acquiring wealth. For right-minded persons, it is a tool for service. It should be used to serve a good purpose. However, a follower of Christ is required to draw a balance between what is consumed on self and immediate family, what is stored in heaven and what is left behind on earth. There are very clear biblical rules on how to go about it.

Hear what the Lord said in Matthew 6:19-21

“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.”

It is not what you have acquired on earthly assets that will frizzle away with time but what you have invested in purpose-driven securities in the Mandate and Mission of Jesus that counts with God. It earns inexhaustible dividends both in time and eternity. (Mt 6:19-21).

Mammon, the god of money, has bewitching power.

In Luke 16:9-13 the Lord said:

“And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

How can that be done especially in these austere times? The right new covenant attitude in sowing into God’s kingdom is to regard ourselves and everything we possess as belonging to Christ. Since He has given us all things richly to enjoy, He will allow us the use of a rational proportion of our increase to maintain our appointed state in life in order to fulfill our destiny. Our free-will giving translates into an eternal weight of glory in the life to come.

You cannot serve God and mammon by being worldly wise. “The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Cor 1:25).

You cannot serve God and mammon.

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