Is Heaven your storage place?

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, November 19, 2018

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20 NIV

On Thursday, November 15, I was at the home of a beloved sister who had transitioned to glory. That sister was one of the pillars of our church and a woman of godly character. She was known for her honesty, and her love for her home-church was second to none. She lived an accomplished life and left a great legacy for her family. Yet when the funeral home came to get her body, the only thing they took with her was the bedsheet she was laying on.

On my way home from that experience, the Lord reminded me to store up for myself treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy. I did not quite understand the message, so when I got home, the Lord made it more evident for me. He reminded me that when my time comes, I won’t take my cars, my house, my clothes, my diplomas, or anything else. The only thing I will take with me will be my heavenly passport to be stamped by Jesus with his blood so I can get inside the pearly gates of heaven.

It is good to work hard to accomplish great things in the here and now. Indeed, I believe in hard work, and I applaud those who succeed significantly because of their hard work. My father is an excellent example of a person who sacrificed much for his family and lifted himself up by his own bootstrap without any formal education. He is my hero and the person I think about when I am challenged to give my best. Yet, of all the things I’ve learned from my parents, the most important lesson has been to care for the poor, to feed the hungry, to help the needy and to have unwavering faith in God.

My parents taught me to invest more in God than in anything else. They reminded me that people are more important than possessions. Growing up I learned the substance of a person cannot be measured by their material possession, but by their personal relationship with God and with their neighbor.

At this stage in my life, the important thing for me is to store up treasures in heaven. How do I do that, you ask? By loving others unconditionally, by serving God more faithfully and more excellently, by investing my time, talents and treasure into the kingdom of God, by being more disciplined in my prayer life, by studying and obeying the word of God, and by sharing the gospel of Jesus with the world.

Some of us worry about our 401K, or we get anxious when the stock market goes down because that’s where we stored our retirement money. We should be more intentional about storing our treasures in heaven so what happens on Wall Street will not put us in despair. Whenever there is a crash in the Stock Market, individual investors can lose all their savings and investments. There is never a crash in heaven. Jesus offers guarantees that the FDIC cannot provide. Therefore, we should seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and make heaven our storage place.

Sooner or later, you and I will have to exit time and enter into eternity. When that time comes, where are you going to be more invested? Those that are more invested on earth will probably have an elaborate funeral with a fancy casket. But those that are more vested in heaven will hear the Lord say, “well done my good and faithful servant.”

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please help us to be more intentional about storing our treasures in heaven so we can enjoy our heavenly inheritance when we transition to glory.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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