11/12/2016 - Where is Your Treasure?
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matthew 6:21.
I can't find someone to tell me where the best place to invest my money is. Should I invest in gold? Or maybe in properties? Or in stock market or just to keep it in the bank? Who can tell me for sure if I invest $1000 today in the Dow Jones or NASDAQ or NYSE, that I'll have $10,000 in six months? Or maybe $100… People always worry and think about the safest place to invest their money. No one likes to lose. Everybody wants to win. Maybe you know a lot of sad stories about rich people who made wrong investments and ended up being bankrupted.
Jesus told us something very interesting, but unusual for human philosophy regarding the best investment for our money. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven...” Matt 6:19-20.
What does it mean to store up treasures in heaven? Does heaven have a stock market, so we can invest our money there? Yes it has! Didn’t you know?
Here is an interesting and true story:
“St. Lawrence was martyred in 258 A.D., but we remember him not for his martyrdom. We remember him as the Archdeacon of Rome. His responsibilities included maintaining the sacred vessels of the small, struggling church and distributing alms to the poor. While he was Archdeacon, the Governor of Rome took Pope Sextus captive and demanded, "Where is the treasure of the church?" The Pope would not tell, and they tortured him to death.
Next the Romans took Lawrence captive. "Where is the treasure of the church?" they demanded, threatening with the same fate that befell the Pope. Lawrence replied, 'Governor, I cannot get it for you instantaneously; but if you give me three days, I will give you the treasure.' The governor agreed. Lawrence left.
Three days later he walked into the governor’s courtyard followed by a great flood of people. The Governor walked out onto his balcony and said, 'Where is the treasure of your church?' Lawrence stepped forward, and pointed to the crowd that accompanied him – the lame, the blind, the deaf, the nobodies of society – and said, 'Here are the treasures of the Christian church' " ("The Witness Principles,” Homiletics, Luke 24:36b-48, 4/17/1994).
Did you get the point?
“Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matthew 6:20-21.