Saving For the Future

The insurance salesman, the stock broker and others remind us of the need  and wisdom of saving and/or investing for the future. That is most always sound advice. Those that fail to do this usually regret it; those who do it are glad they acted wisely. It is infinitely more important to save for eternity! How can we do that? Here, we put it in banks and/or investments. However, Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-20: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” The Bible gives us principles for saving for the future. However, to major on that here and make no provision for heavenly treasures is folly indeed! To get back to my question, how do we do this? How do we store up treasures in Heaven? The answer is simple: all that is done in our flesh (our human ability) will be reduced to ashes in Heaven; all that we do in the energy and power of the Holy Spirit will prove to be treasures in Heaven. Jesus is the foundation of a saved person’s life, as Paul reminded the church in I Corinthians 3:11, and then he went on to explain further in Verses 12-13: “Now if any man build upon that foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” What the Holy Spirit works in and through our lives will be gold, silver, precious stones; what we do in our own strength will be wood, hay and stubble! The gold, silver and precious stones will be our treasures in Heaven. In the first stanza of “This World Is Not My Home,” Albert E. Brumley reminds us: “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue; the angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.” Selah! Have we been so centered on this world that we have lost sight of the riches that we have sent ahead to be enjoyed forever?   Ron

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