Store up trea­sures in Heaven

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - CHURCH - ••• Editor’s note: The Rev. Dr. Scott Ste­wart is the pas­tor of Pea Ridge United Methodist Church and Bright­wa­ter Methodist Church. He can be con­tacted at revjstew­art@ gmail.com or 479-659-9519. SCOTT STE­WART Pea Ridge United Methodist and Bright­wa­ter Me

“Imag­ine what life will be like when I make a mil­lion dol­lars.”

Who hasn’t had those words run in their thoughts? We all know peo­ple who have a lot of money and are mis­er­able peo­ple along with those on the other end who have al­most noth­ing – and are the hap­pi­est of all peo­ple. Some­where in be­tween we find our­selves.

The mis­quoted ver­sion (“money is the root of all evil”) makes money and wealth the source (or root) of all evil in the world. This is clearly false. The Bi­ble makes it quite clear that sin is the root of all evil in the world (Matthew 15:19, Ro­mans 5:12, James 1:15). Wealth is morally neu­tral; there is noth­ing wrong with money, in and of it­self, or the pos­ses­sion of money. How­ever, when money be­gins to con­trol us, that’s when trou­ble starts.

Please un­der­stand that Je­sus has noth­ing against money. Nei­ther, when he com­mands us to sell our pos­ses­sions and give to the poor, is he against wealth. It is not his in­ten­tion that we, or any­one else, be poor. He is look­ing for dis­ci­ples who use their money wisely.

Je­sus warns us not to store up trea­sures on earth. Ei­ther it leaves us while we live, or we leave it when we die. Trea­sures on earth are frag­ile. The only way to pre­serve them is to turn them into trea­sures in heaven.

A.W. Tozer said: “Any tem­po­ral pos­ses­sion can be turned into ev­er­last­ing wealth. What­ever is given to Christ is im­me­di­ately touched with im­mor­tal­ity.”

What­ever trea­sures we store up in heaven will be wait­ing for us when we ar­rive. Not only God, not only oth­ers, but we our­selves are the eter­nal ben­e­fi­cia­ries of all our giv­ing.

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