How Can We Store Up Treasures in Heaven?
When I am generous I invest in my eternal home.
When you give time, money or energy, you are investing in your eternal home. Jesus called this principle “storing up treasure in heaven.” And, he didn’t just use this phrase once or twice. Jesus said the phrase “store up for yourselves treasure in heaven,” six times!
Anytime Jesus says anything over and over like this, we should probably listen to it. Anytime Jesus said anything six times then I better figure out what that means because he’s going, “Get the message! This is really important! Life is not about storing up things here on earth. Life is about storing up things in heaven.”
The Bible warns us not to store up a whole bunch of stuff here on earth where thieves can steal it, where rust can rust it, where moths can eat the clothes away. But it says store up in heaven. Why? Because we’re going to spend a whole lot more time in heaven than here. We’re only getting eighty years, at the most a hundred, on this planet. That’s not very long. Everything we store up here on earth, we’re leaving behind. But storing up treasure in heaven we’re going to get to enjoy that for trillions and trillions and trillions of years. So it obviously makes more sense that I should be investing more in eternity than here and now. Because I only get to enjoy it here and anything I’ve got here I’m leaving here. You can’t take it with you. I’ve said many times, you never see a hearse pulling a U-Haul truck.
But the Bible says you can send it on ahead. How do you send it on ahead? How do I store up treasure in heaven? The Bible says by investing in people who are going there. There are only two things that are going to last forever – the Word of God and people.
Nothing on the planet lasts forever. Only two things last forever, truth (God's Word) because it was true a thousand years ago and it’s going to be true ten thousand years from today. And another thing that’s going to last forever is people. People will last forever in one of two places – heaven or hell.
If you want to invest your life in something that will last forever, you need to invest your life in those two things.
Philippians 4:17 “I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.”
In this verse Paul said you’re storing up treasure in heaven.
I want to ask you: Are you investing?
How you doing on your retirement account? I’m not talking about our retirement account here.
Have you sent anything on ahead?
Is there going to be anything in heaven there for you to build on? Or are you piling it all up on this side?
1 Tim 6:18-19 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.[Are you a giver or a taker?] By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.