Dr. Daniel Strait - “Heavenly Investing”

November 06, 2013

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21

This passage from the gospel of Matthew certainly offers a strong warning about the dangers of possessions.  It speaks as truthfully now as ever before about the futility of investing in material treasures and storing up “valuable” things that will eventually perish.  Yet daily business reporting seems to show us the frenzied race for wealth creation, material luxury, and financial gain.  As a culture, our collective mood, our sense of personal worth, and the quest for “ultimate” meaning seem indexed to the rise and fall of the stock market.  These timely verses issue a strong caution about trusting in perishable things.  The gospel instructs us to set our sights on treasures above—eternal things not subject to decay, consumption, and death.

Yet an important paradox is at work in this passage. When we store up treasure in heaven, when we invest in God’s eternal things, not only do we gain eternal life, the ultimate gift through Christ, but we also gain back the proper perspective on human life. From an eternal perspective, we see more clearly the value of other people, the beauty of creation, the goodness of fellowship, the joy of work and learning, of the gift of family and friends—the gift of time. This passage makes an intimate connection between this life and the life to come.  It turns out that storing up treasures in heaven enables us to be the best possible stewards on earth. 

CORNERSTONE:  Stewardship

- Dr. Daniel Strait, Professor of English

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