Matthew 6:20,21 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
There is no doubt that the economy is currently unpredictable and unstable right now. Gas prices are changing, large companies are shutting down stores or declaring bankruptcy (Hanjin and SunEdison), politics continues to show little promise of a better tomorrow. Social security is running out and stocks and bonds just aren’t that reliable anymore. Health problems, often unpredictable, can also eat away at life savings.
The believer, however, has a very sure future. It is based on the faithfulness of God Himself. While earthly banks can break and investments can fail, even in gold, but investing in God’s work and serving Him will produce a guaranteed manifold return in the future.
God wants each believer to bank on Him. He cannot fail, or be overthrown. What He promises He will deliver – it’s just a matter of time. Everything around you that you see will be gone one day. Even today, possessions and riches can quickly be lost due to crime, inflation, cyber crime, and more.
It’s time to take stock, Christian, in the things that really matter. You cannot take anything from here with you, in the way of riches or rewards. Even if you could – it would not be worth anything up there.
Jesus once told a parable of a rich fool (Luke 12:16-21). The man said he would build bigger barns to keep his bumper crops in, and that he would eat, drink, and be merry from then on. That is exactly what many people want today. They want to retire early and take it easy. The problem with this, Jesus said, was that the man did not take eternity into account. He had absolutely nothing laid up in Heaven waiting for him – and he lost his own soul, too! He lived as though this world was all that there is – how wrong he was!
How true it is that where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also. If your heart is inclined to seek for riches which cannot last, then you will have no time to build up riches in glory, either. It is one or the other.
A missionary of the past, Jim Elliot, said: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Will your retirement plan extend beyond this life?
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