Are you investing in yourself? Are you storing it somewhere that moths could destroy it? Are you storing it somewhere that robbers could steal it? Are you investing in the kingdom of God? Are you investing your treasures to a place where moths and robbers can’t touch it? Are you connected to the vine and being filled to overflowing so that others are blessed by what God is doing in and through you? Are you being a good steward with what God is providing you? Are you living with an open hand that God can use you as a conduit? Are you living closed fist so that what God has put into your hand can’t be used by Him and also no new blessings can be added? What is really important to you? What is a treasure to you? Where are you storing up your treasures? Are they safe?
The questions, all the questions, all coming from the start of my morning reading…
The Parable of the Rich Fool
13A man in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide with me the property our father left us.” 14Jesus answered him, “Friend, who gave me the right to judge or to divide the property between you two?” 15And he went on to say to them all, “Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be.” 16Then Jesus told them this parable: “There was once a rich man who had land which bore good crops. 17He began to think to himself, ‘I don’t have a place to keep all my crops. What can I do? 18This is what I will do,’ he told himself; ‘I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, where I will store the grain and all my other goods. 19Then I will say to myself, Lucky man! You have all the good things you need for many years. Take life easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself!’ 20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night you will have to give up your life; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself?’” 21And Jesus concluded, “This is how it is with those who pile up riches for themselves but are not rich in God’s sight.”
–from Luke 12
What is treasure for you? Where are you storing your treasure? Whatever is most valuable to you will direct you because you can’t be two hearted or else you will be divided and a house divided will fall. And if you can’t take that treasure with you, could it have been used for a better purpose that will last? If your treasure will get burned up, or corroded or eroded or decompose or lost is it really a treasure? And why are you doing it? Are you doing it for the praise of man? Are you doing it to glorify God? Do what you do not for the praise of man for but to glorify God privately! Consider the various gifts and what will remain. Is that where you are investing? Stuff won’t make it with you to eternity. Souls matter! So how will we invest our treasures into things, into people, into lives so that it will be stored up in heaven where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal? You have been chosen! So what does that mean? Today’s reading from God’s Word continues…
You Are Chosen for Salvation
13We must thank God at all times for you, friends, you whom the Lord loves. For God chose you as the first to be saved by the Spirit’s power to make you his holy people and by your faith in the truth. 14God called you to this through the Good News we preached to you; he called you to possess your share of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15So then, our friends, stand firm and hold on to those truths which we taught you, both in our preaching and in our letter. 16May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and in his grace gave us unfailing courage and a firm hope, 17encourage you and strengthen you to always do and say what is good.
–from 2 Thessalonians 2
So are you ready for today? Are you ready to do what is important to God? Are you ready to start saving up your treasure in Heaven? Will you allow God’s love and grace to give you unfailing courage and firm hope so that you can walked today encouraged and strengthened to always do and say what is good?
Let’s stand firm together! Let’s hold onto God’s Word for it is the truth! As a chosen who has been given freewill, will you choose to follow Jesus? Will you stand up and say I have decided to follow Jesus? Let today be a transforming day for you and everyone who comes in or is a part of your life! Let’s give God all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name!
1Praise the Lord! It is good to sing praise to our God; it is pleasant and right to praise him. 2The Lord is restoring Jerusalem; he is bringing back the exiles. 3He heals the broken-hearted and bandages their wounds. 4He has decided the number of the stars and calls each one by name. 5Great and mighty is our Lord; his wisdom cannot be measured. 6He raises the humble, but crushes the wicked to the ground. 7Sing hymns of praise to the Lord; play music on the harp to our God. 8He spreads clouds over the sky; he provides rain for the earth and makes grass grow on the hills. 9He gives animals their food and feeds the young ravens when they call. 10His pleasure is not in strong horses, nor his delight in brave soldiers; 11but he takes pleasure in those who honor him, in those who trust in his constant love. 12Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! 13He keeps your gates strong; he blesses your people. 14He keeps your borders safe and satisfies you with the finest wheat. 15He gives a command to the earth, and what he says is quickly done. 16He spreads snow like a blanket and scatters frost like dust. 17He sends hail like gravel; no one can endure the cold he sends! 18Then he gives a command, and the ice melts; he sends the wind, and the water flows. 19He gives his message to his people, his instructions and laws to Israel. 20He has not done this for other nations; they do not know his laws. Praise the Lord!
–from Psalm 147