Eternal Investments

Nov 19, 2023 | Sunday Devotional

Mathew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth not rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.

There are many myths associated with materialism. It seems that people believe if you make enough money and invest it wisely, you will always have enough for the rainy day. But, as can be seen in the stock market crash and in the recent economic struggles, the only true form of prosperity is found not in the economy or stocks and bonds, but in the eternal treasure of heaven.

If there is one thing we learn from the instability and uncertainty of our world, it is that nothing lasts. Money, possessions, nobility are only temporary. Investing in God’s Heavenly “bank” and laying up treasures in heaven pays dividends beyond measure.

Christ made it clear that the goal of the Christian life is to honor and glorify God, and anything that gets in the way is to be forsaken. He knew that wherever we placed our treasure or wealth would show where our heart is.

In Mathew 6:33 the Lord point out the key to true success, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”. Our goal should not be to lay up treasures in earth and gain material wealth, but to seek Christ and invest our treasure in His work.

President Abraham Lincoln once said, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven…. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self- sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God who made us. It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the Almighty God, to confess our sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

As President Lincoln pointed out, true humility involves a turning from ourselves and turning to God Almighty.

Where do your finances and possessions lie? Do they come between you and the Lord and keep you from seeking Him? Or are you stewarding your finances and investing in Heavenly treasures. The Lord is clear on what our relationship with possessions should be. Make sure that the devil hasn’t brought your possessions between you and God.

Keep God First In Your Life, And He Will Provide For Your Every Need.

Pastor Paul Okonkwo
Independent Baptist Bible Church (IBBC),
New Haven,

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