Lay Treasures In Heaven, Not Earth
The bible reminds us that we were brought into this world with nothing, and we leave this world with nothing as well. It reminds us that everything that we achieve or obtain in this world is all temporary, and none of it is really ours. We are merely stewards of these things. If we are blessed with material abundance in this world, it is because God is asking us to do something in His favor, and it is not because we deserve it. It is not something to be bragged about, but rather something to be thankful for, and something to be prayed for, should you not know what to do with the excess of what He blesses you with. God did not give us material riches so that we could splurge the blessings and parade in front of everyone for them to admire you. Nor did He bless you so that you can hoard it and keep it for yourself. There is a parable mentioned by Jesus which relates to that – the parable of the Rich Fool. It is written in Luke 12:16-21,Jesus spoke a parable to them, saying, “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly. He reasoned within himself, saying, ‘What will I do, because I don’t have room to store my crops?’ He said, ‘This is what I will do. I will pull down my barns, and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. I will tell my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years. Take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.”‘ “But God said to him, ‘You foolish one, tonight your soul is required of you. The things which you have prepared—whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” This parable by Jesus give us the impression that the rich man wasn’t really a hard-working man and did not earn all his riches. He was just blessed, plus he made poor use of his blessings. thinking that he would live forever. He wasted his chance of obtaining eternal salvation.
Remember, what you have is not really yours, as you won’t be able to take them with you when the Lord decides to claim you back. You are just a mere sower of God’s seeds. From Luke 8, “The seed is the word of God. The ones on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe only for a while and in a time of testing fall away. As for what fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear; but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.”
Many people who become successful in life attribute their success to their hard work and achievements that came along with it. The truth is no matter how hard you work, if God decides not to bless you with riches for a good purpose, you will never become rich. Many successful people write books of autobiographies which become best-sellers, but the key to success is not there. Success on earth doesn’t equate to a guarantee to an eternal life of happiness with the Lord either. Each one of us are created by the Lord for a different purpose.
What we should be praying for and aiming for in life is a life of eternal bliss with the Lord thereafter, and we can only achieve that with total humility, with a strong faith, with God in our heart, and with total obedience to Him. By surrendering all our sorrows to Him, we get a taste of that heavenly life even in the midst of tribulation. Blessed with material abundance or not, we should show compassion for others and show love for them by sharing with them whatever we could share, be it our time spending with them, providing a shoulder to cry on, spreading God’s Word to them, sharing material blessings with them, or spreading God’s love in other ways. We should always help in areas where we can help. We should also pray for knowledge of God’s will or mission for us and for our readiness to accept His will. Each one of us has a different mission in life.
We get so caught up with the affairs of this world that we forget what we are living for. We end up in a selfish world of our own. We are motivated to make money because we want to satisfy our greed, and honor among mankind, which has no end. We are often depressed because we compare ourselves to others and envy them. Do not focus on the things that God gives us, but rather focus on the one who gives us such things.
Why is it when we were babies, we were easier to please compared to now? It’s because of the children’s faith in their parents. God is our parent and we are His children. Jesus once said that “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”(Matthew 18:2-4) When we start to recognize God’s hand in everything that happens in this world as well as our limitations, and credit God for everything good and bad that happens to us, we become humble because we admit our dependence on Him and our limitations, and we become thankful for our answered prayers and granted wishes. We feel God’s love in everything that we do. If a child could trust in his parents, feeling totally secure, then we, too, should do so with God, even in the midst of trials, and believe that the best will always be given to you.
Today might be the last day of your life, so value what’s important rather than what’s insignificant to you. Your salvation is very important. Love everyone while you still can. Forgive your enemies while you still can. Whatever you can share with others, do share it with others. Spread the love of God to others. That way, you may be investing in something of grave importance to you which you could bring with you on your next life.