The Importance of Investing Day 5: Storing up Treasures in Heaven
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1, ESV)
“Do not store 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, ESV)
I find myself bombarded daily with images of others’ treasures on earth, whether on social media or in person. I see extravagant vacations, large houses that honestly look like castles, and brand-new luxury cars. We are surrounded by these earthly luxuries, and it’s hard not to covet what others have. I recently went to a BMW all-day driving experience at one of their plants in South Carolina. We were going to be spending all day driving the different M Series BMW’s. We sat through a class learning how to control the cars through the different courses that we would be driving. When we walked out to the area with all the BMW’s, it was hard not to wish that one of them was my own. The entire day was an absolute blast, and I would be lying if I said I was thrilled to climb back into my Nissan Sentra to make the drive home. That might seem like a silly example, but it shows that we so easily covet the nicer things that others around us have.
We often forget just how short our lives actually are (not to sound morbid in any way—it’s just true). We each have a rough outline for our future; maybe it’s finding someone to marry, building a family, growing old with our significant other, and then peacefully passing into eternity. We have no promise that we will get to experience any part of that. Proverbs 27:1 reads, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” I’m so quick to make plans for my future and daydream about what it might look like. Though it’s certainly not wrong to have dreams, hopes, and a plan, we must remember that we have no promise of tomorrow, let alone years down the road. If we truly understood that today might be our last day on earth, I believe our lives would look a lot different. We wouldn’t be overly focused on trying to enrich our lives here on earth because we would understand that it wouldn’t matter. We aren’t able to carry any of our possessions with us into eternity. All that will matter when we cross the line into eternity will be whether we received the gift of salvation, and if we did, how we served Christ and those around us.
When I read about a celebrity or rich person passing away, it always makes me a little sad to think of everything they left behind. They leave behind houses, cars, investments, and inheritances for generations to come. But at the end, none of those things helped them in the face of eternity. None of us can buy our way into Heaven, even if we are being generous with the money we have been given. No sort of charity dollars or good works will get us into Heaven; only the precious blood of Christ has the power to redeem us and make us fit for Heaven. I often read or hear the different quotes of famous athletes after winning the Superbowl or receiving the gold medal at an Olympic event. These are people who have spent years and years devoted to training for that sport, and they finally got the one thing they were working toward. Oftentimes, they have a “now what?” mentality and might even feel a little lost after reaching that milestone. It’s just another reminder to focus on things with eternal worth and value that cannot be taken from us.
I’ve always appreciated the passage in Matthew 6 that reminds us to store up treasures in Heaven rather than treasures on earth that will be “destroyed” or even “stolen.” Instead, we ought to focus on serving Christ through sharing the Gospel, serving in our church, supporting those around us, and being a shining light for Christ in all circumstances. Let us remember daily that the time we’ve been given is such a blessing and that we need to make our time count for Christ—to bring Him the glory and honor He rightly deserves.