Permit me to interrupt our series on ‘Capping the Year’, with this subject. During our family devotion this morning, I learnt about putting our treasures in heaven where moth and thieves cannot enter. Specifically Matthew 6:19-20 says
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
What exactly does it mean to lay up treasure in heaven?
It means sowing into kingdom matters, this includes giving to the needy, helping the widows, helping the poor and the destitute, sowing towards the propagation of the gospel, and being rich towards genuine kingdom projects or ministers of God. In comparison, just as we maintain bank accounts here on earth and save or invest to earn a return, Jesus advised that we lay up more of our treasures in heaven’s bank, because we also have individual accounts in heaven. Heaven’s returns are way higher than earth’s returns. And you can only draw what you deposit, so if you don’t lay treasures in heaven, you can’t get treasures from heaven.
Another insight is that, your earthly treasures can be stolen or looted. The bank you are using can even be liquidated, and you loss some or all your money. Heaven’s bank is untouchable by thieves or economic forces.
To the main thrust, most of the pressures we experience in life is as a result of pursuit of earthly treasures. Most of the time, we run our lives pursuing material possessions and thereby put ourselves under immense pressure. When you buy a new car, you are under the pressure of insurance, protecting it, licensing, etc. When you change apartment, you are under the pressure of equipping the apartment. When we run our lives pursuing earthly treasures, we end up putting ourselves under earthly pressures.
Are you under pressure? Could it be that you are too focused on earthly treasures?
Stay blessed and Merry Christmas in advance.