“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth 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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eyes are the lamp of the body. If your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness. No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise th other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Jesus is desperate to lay claim on the heart of his follower. To follow him is to be ALL in, heart, and soul, and mind and strength. He’s said this in a hundred ways so far. Sometimes it seems more ethereal than cerebral, so he makes it practical. He says if you want to see where your heart is, look for your treasure. Be honest. Find your heart in the kingdom of God, and you’ll see things in a whole new light – THE LIGHT! God is King there, in heaven and on earth.
This a great teaching, but if you’re like me, you look to God, hands in surrender, and beg. How? How do I put my treasure in heaven? I can’t see it. How can my eyes reflect light from within me? That’s too deep for me. How can I avoid serving money? Doesn’t the world revolve around it?
I need simplification. In my world, I have a financial advisor. She puts our money to work. I don’t understand all that she does, but she makes it simple. Tell me your goals. Set aside this. Put it here. Create this. Just do it. When you need it, I’ll show you how to get it and use it. I trust her. God is the ultimate physical, mental, spiritual, financial advisor rolled into one. He came and lived it. He left himself inside us. He says trust me.
We know a little about money. We can’t survive without it. We understand some basic principles of investment. Save. Let is grow. Maybe if we think of investment in spiritual terms, this can make sense:
Invest in people. God created them in his image.
Invest in promises. The Word. The Father spoke it through the Son, and they speak it through the Spirit. It NEVER fails.
Invest in praise. God inhabits it.
Invest in prayer. God communicates. He speaks, we listen. We speak, he listens.
Invest in power. God’s got ALL of it! His grace empowers us to do what our flesh cannot.
Lay your assets, your time, your thoughts, your desires, and your relationships on the table. Ask God to set them firmly in his kingdom. Ask Him to put them to work. The result is his Glory, seen clearly by eyes that reflect it. When you see that, your heart follows suit. These are things you take with you forever. They are hauled to heaven in the hearse of your heart, not confined by four walls or a rotting body. You experience light and life. You experience love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control here and now AND someday and forever. You’re a kingdom dweller, and King Jesus is set firmly on the throne of your heart. You’re a disciple.