A Wise Investment!
Our text tells us to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” This is what I call, true wealth. So many people have departed from the faith because of love for money, whether it be paper money, gold and silver, real estate, etc. It's not a sin to invest your money in things, but it is a sin to become absorbed and consumed with making money. For the Christian, money should never become a priority in our life. Our top priority in life ought to be to PLEASE GOD by obeying His Word.
1st Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” Money is not the root of all evil but the LOVE of money.
I don't know about you but I'm sick and tired of hearing all the greedy men talk about buying gold and silver. You can't turn on your television without seeing a commercial on buying gold and silver. They make it sound like you can't live without gold and silver. If I could talk to those guys, I would remind them that they can't take it with them. Everyone is born into this life with NOTHING, and they will die and leave this life with NOTHING. The measure of my success will not be how many people come to say goodbye when I leave this life, but how many people will be there to greet me when I get to Heaven. We can't take things with us into eternity, but we can take souls, changed lives and that which we have done for Christ in His name.
Don't let anyone tell you that it's wrong to serve God with the motive of laying up treasures in Heaven. Jesus Himself encouraged us to store up rewards in eternity with this promise in Matthew 6: 19-20. He said to “LAY UP,” which means “to amass or reserve, lay up (treasure), (keep) in store, (heap) treasure (together, up).” As our earthly wealth diminishes and disappears, our treasures in Heaven are stacking up as we serve God day-by-day.
No matter what your financial status here is, the believers with the most rewards in Heaven one day will be those who were constantly and persistently serving God. It's not the amazing, astonishing, miraculous times of our life that earn us rewards in Heaven, but rather, the dull, boring, consistent, faithful, daily labors for Christ. There are many different types of rewards that will be given in Heaven. Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
Jesus is telling us to lay up treasures in Heaven “where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” Any wealth you may accumulate in this world is vulnerable. The money you've worked hard to save could be worthless tomorrow. Too many kinds of thieves to mention including a corrupt government stealing from social security. This is exactly why Jesus told us to lay up treasures in Heaven. Why spend your life laying up earthly treasures, just to leave it all behind? What we ought to do is to spend each day doing things to lay up heavenly treasures. If nothing else, everyone can pray, which the Bible calls “labor” in Colossians 4:12.
Everything that you do for Jesus' sake or the Gospel's will be rewarded. Everything that one does as a Christian for the Lord Jesus Christ—soulwinning, doing good, helping the poor, praying, cleaning the church buildings, buying Gospel tracts for the church, lending without hope of return, loving our neighbor, sharing sermons with others, teaching the Bible, contending for the faith, loving our enemies, passing out Bibles, visiting the sick, needy, orphans, widows, etc. All these things and more will be greatly rewarded by God in eternity. No good deed, word or thought will be overlooked. Everything that you do because you are a born-again believer, even the most seemingly insignificant small thing, will be rewarded by our God. Start today by investing in eternity. God Bless!