Eternal profit?

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6: 19-21)

There is a reward for Kingdom investment, a reward with eternal value. As the great song Amazing Grace says, “when we’ve been there 10,000 years……”. What a great perspective, for our life is incomprehensibly short compared with our eternal life.

The value of what we do and the reward for what we do, and how we spend and where we invest, should reflect the temporal nature of our earthly existence.

We are merely stewards of God’s gifts, talents and resources. There will be an accounting and a reward, and then “all earthly things will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace”.

Quick Prayer. “Remind me of all that is important from an eternal perspective.” Amen

Where do you invest?

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke12:34)

Here is a sobering thought. Imagine if God has kept a record of all our cheques, automatic payments, bank statements and credit card transactions. Could He tell just from those, where our priorities are?

If we take an eternal perspective, looking down in a couple of hundred years or so, what would be important? Is it the temporal instant satisfaction of the latest toy or gadget; or perhaps the eternal souls affected by an investment in a mission, a gift, a ministry supported, a church planted, a soul won?

We own nothing, all is His, we are merely stewards of what He owns. That is quite a responsibility!

Quick Prayer. “Lord show me how to invest in the Kingdom.” Amen

Hidden Treasure

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” (Mat 13:44)

What would you give everything you own for? What value would you prescribe to an object that you would sell absolutely everything you own just to get a hold of?

Jesus talked about the treasure hidden in the field as being like the kingdom of God. It was an analogy described to encourage us to see the real importance associated with the gospel.

Jesus and the message He gave us of salvation and the coming of the kingdom of God are to be valued beyond all we own. Everything we have and all that we are is to be committed to the cause of Christ. The value we prescribe to Him can never be enough; He is beyond the value of creation itself.

Quick Prayer: You are beyond all value. Amen.

How Can I Honor God?

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mat 6:21)

We honor God by serving Him and being faithful to what He has called us to. Those of us in the marketplace have a responsibility to honor Him in all the arenas of life.

Our focus should always be on Him. Our focus is driven by our priorities, and our priorities are driven by our hearts. Our hearts will shape and mold our behaviors by what is truly important to us.

This Scripture says that our hearts, and therefore our motivations and behaviors, are driven by where our treasure is. What is our treasure? It obviously has financial implications, but I think it goes beyond just money. Our treasure is all that is important to us. If we invest time, relationships, and finances into the Kingdom of God, that is where our hearts will be.

Quick Prayer: Keep my heart and my resources focused on Your kingdom, Lord. Amen.

Treasure.

“The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin.” (Pro 15:6)

I can’t say the word treasure without thinking of pirates. The paradox of that is that pirates are the antithesis of the righteous.

I am sure that the context of this treasure is blessing in its complete form. Peace, joy, provision, great relationships, health, and an open heaven—these are the things I would regard as treasure.

There is of course the obvious financial definition of treasure, and God is in the business of blessing us. Notice that it is the income of the wicked that brings the ruin. Both receive financially, but only one has treasure.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for the great treasures that come from righteousness. Amen.