No. 27 My Treasures in Heaven

...store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Matthew 6:20, Luke 12:33, John 6:27

God is rich. God is richer than all the billionaires put together in this whole wide world full of busy-ness people. So, when through His only begotten Son, God gives us aspiring immortals advice about wealth, let us aim long and hard to hit that target!

We think that since heaven, the Kingdom of God, the homeland of immortals will be blissful, everyone is equal. This is not true, which is why jealousy can't come in. The Bible speaks of a hierarchy, where some are first, and some last, and here it talks about sending your treasure there.  I imagine that as on earth, a person with a lot of treasure in heaven will enjoy more experiences and status than a person with very little or no treasure in heaven. This is why it is written, that in many cases, the first (here) will be last (there) and the last (here) will be first (there). Some people are wiser about long term investing than others. It has nothing to do with their old earthly status.

God is not against treasure, so none of us should be either. The Creator of gold, and a zillion kinds of lavish natural beauty has children who like gold and beauty too. Gold is good, God is great. He wants us to be smart about it; to invest for long term gain.

It's not just cashmere sweaters and cheap metals or jewelry and electronics that we shouldn't store up, Christ is referring here to all kinds of investments that can vaporize.

If you are going to retire in the South of France, then you'll want to start buying property there, slowly build your house, furnish it etc. then, when you get there, you're all set. Same with heaven. Aspiring immortals are most wise who open a bank account in heaven.

The Bible says that the best way to get rich now and forever is to 1) Treasure these commands. These commands are not just good advice, but the entrance to a glorious world. (Proverbs 7:1) and 2) Sell what you have and give the money to the poor. The poor and needy, the sick and imprisoned, the downtrodden, the grieving, these people are the 401k plan, the banks into which one can make deposits into his or her heavenly treasure chest!

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21, Luke 12:34

Aspiring immortals, wise up! If your treasure and your heart are in heaven, then God is bound to send the rest of your body there too. Wouldn't you think so? It's one way to get your foot in the door!