Build Your Hope on Things Eternal
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, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.Matthew 6:19-20
Is there anything in this world that offers us security? How many people put their hope in the temporary things of this world, like money, possessions, or power? Jesus told His followers that Man cannot live by bread alone, and that it is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh has nothing to offer. Everything in this world is temporary, here today gone tomorrow, but a strong spiritual foundation offers eternal security.
The Lord offers whatever we need to handle this life including giving us His strength to endure a martyr’s death. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33). If we put the Lord first in our lives He promises to provide for our worldly needs. If we learn to believe His Word and trust Him with our lives, He will carry us through our short physical lives into an eternal home in Heaven with Him. This is a promise of God, and God cannot lie.
What does it mean to store up treasures in heaven? For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Ephesians 2:8-10). We are not saved by works, but when the Holy Spirit changes a heart, it naturally seeks to do the works that Jesus did in His ministry. A redeemed heart is filled with God’s love and reflects that love to others by pointing them toward the Kingdom. This is storing up treasure in heaven. Serving the Lord by ministering to the world with a soul-on-fire stores up treasure in heaven.
Nothing pleases the Lord more than when we trust Him to make us obedient witnesses for Christ. The most important thing in our lives is serving the Lord by telling people the good news of Christ. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18). Whatever we go through in this life as we live to serve the Lord is far outweighed by the glory that will be revealed in us.
Today get your security from the Lord and store up treasure in heaven. Everything in this world is temporary including our suit of flesh. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:14). When we store up treasure and security in heaven, it doesn’t matter what happens tomorrow because we are prepared through the wisdom and power of our Lord.
Let’s Pray: Lord, help me to store up treasure in heaven and to put my security in you, not in this insecure and temporary world. Lord I know I can trust you with my life because of your perfect love. Guide me to serve you with all of my heart and with a fire in my soul. In Jesus name, Amen