Date: March 30, 2012
Blog: “Planning Your Future” by Beto Pena
Type of Fast: Daniel Fast
Target: All pastors and leaders in Victory Outreach
After delivering the most hailed ethical teaching of Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount in chapter 5; Jesus segue’s into chapter 6 to a “do this and not that” monologue. Jesus tells the crowd of disciples to “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.” In ancient times the common person would bury their valuables to prevent from thieves stealing them, although it was a good theft deterrent, it did nothing however to prevent from rust to get to a persons’ treasure. The point that Jesus was trying to impress on the listeners was that this world will soon pass away. Nothing here on earth is everlasting. Whatever career, savings account, investments, or homes we have amassed for ourselves in the end it will fade away. James tells us that life is but a vapor, here one minute but gone the next moment.
Several years ago, a newspaper wrote an obituary on a man who requested to be buried in his most prized possession, a pink Cadillac, no it was not Elvis. So no matter how much we attempt to take the “treasures” that we lay for ourselves here on earth, the reality is that we cannot take them with us to heaven, no matter how valuable we think they are. The truth is that heavens economy does not function under the same terms as earth. That is why Jesus underscored in v. 20 to “lay treasures for ourselves in heaven,” Jesus wanted us to think about our future (eternity). We obviously know how to lay treasures on earth, but how do we lay treasure for ourselves in heaven, in Matthew 25 Jesus tells us that at the end of time people will say when did we see you and Jesus will reply to them, us, “assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did [it] to one of the least of these My brethren, you did [it] to Me.” So whatever you do for the body of Christ in prayer, ministering in any capacity, visiting of the sick, giving of your treasure, time and talents, you are laying treasures for yourself in heaven, planning for your future. The book of Hebrews tells us in chapter 6 verse 10 that “God [is] not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, [in that] you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
So essentially, God knows what effort you make to sow here on earth for heaven and on that Day He will reward us. In Luke 16, Jesus tells His disciples a story about the unjust steward, who when he found out that his master was going to let him go, the steward made deals with his masters debtors, the Bible tells us that his master commended him by saying ” [that]he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. Jesus implicitly commended the servant because the unjust servant planned for his future and unfortunately the sons of light almost always do not plan for their heavenly future. So remember what is counted as valuable by earth standards, is worthless in heaven, but what is counted as invaluable on earth, is worthy in heaven.
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