Matthew 6:19-21 - April 15, 2014
Matthew 6:19-21—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.
What you don’t invest…you lose!
Investments are exciting. Jesus knew that. As he was preaching on day, to arrest the attention of his audience, Jesus said, “My kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field” (Matthew 13:14).
Now, suppose I told you in church, that the night before, I had gone to the vacant lot next to the church and buried a treasure chest filled with millions of dollars. How many of you would get up and go look for it? There would be an instant vacuum in the church. You’d rip the doors off at the hinges and dash out in your silk suits and high heels to dig for the hidden treasure. The Bible is the treasure map, written by the King of the Ages, and if you will obey it, you will be blessed in this life, and in the life to come, beyond your wildest dreams.
Jesus wanted every one of his children to become master investors. Out of 38 parables, 16 of them deal with how to manage your possessions. That makes how to handle your investments one of the most important issues in the Bible. Scripture says more about how to manage wealth than about heaven and hell combined. There are more than 2,000 verses on financial prosperity and how to handle your material possessions.
If you mismanage God’s resources, he will take it away from you and give it to somebody who will invest it in the kingdom of God (Matthew 25). God did not give you what you have so you could hoard it. He wants you to invest it in his kingdom, so you’ll have wealth in this life and in the life to come.