Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Words Of Jesus Devotionals-16

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)(NKJV)

Busy investing? day in and day out? Well, here's a lesson or two from Jesus for all who crave for financial security. Invest in heaven, is the policy that he advices, whether you like it or not. And he gives a good reason. Laying up treasures on earth always has the minus point of it being temporary. How long can someone hold on to what he/she has amassed. When the Creator takes back the breath that he gave, earthly treasures are no longer an issue.

Investing in heaven/laying up treasures in heaven doesn't mean tithing or investing in Christian Ministries, but seeking things that are of eternal value.

The Apostle Paul writes,
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1,2)

How about investing in a few "crowns"?
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8)

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12)

The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. (1 Peter 5:1-4)

The riches of heaven are for all who are part of the 1st resurrection and no one can stop them from enjoying that. No decay and no loss will come to these riches. Be that as it is, let us not forget the final sentence that Jesus said while ending this teaching of his. He said, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."How very true.


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