My little dog Coco is like most normal dogs. He like to collect bones and bury them in places for later use. We have bones hidden all over our house, behind furniture, between pillows, hidden in places you wonder how he managed to get the bone there in the first place. It is part of his instinct and nature. We humans are very much like my dog Coco. We have an instinct to store up what we deem as necessary in life and thus build for ourselves a treasure we can use when needed. Most people would say this is wise and a sign that you are a responsible person. Jesus had a lot to say about building up treasure.
“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 moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
When I was younger and I had a tendency to see things only in extremes and I would take Jesus’s words and run with them. Thus I did everything in my capability to store my treasure in heaven. But as I have aged and my husband and I think about our future we are older and wiser. It has brought the question of “what about the here and now? What about in 50 years?” If we ONLY store up treasure in heaven how will we have the means to survive ourselves? If we neglect our own personal needs and the needs our of future how will we survive? Where is the line between walking in faith to store up your treasure in heaven and being stupid thus not saving for our own personal needs in the future?
We want to build up treasure in heaven but we also have very real physical needs for the time we are on this earth. Does this mean we need to be doing both? Do we need a savings on this side and a treasure on heavens side? We are indeed human with human needs. As my husband and I have pondered this question I am reminded that the Bible talks about wisely saving for the future. I think it is important to understand we need a certain amount of stores to survive our world but this is different from storing up treasure.
Through prayer and asking for wisdom from God we need to know what we ourselves need. Meeting with financial advisors is also wise and beneficial. For when our own personal needs are meet we are more equipped and able to work on building treasure in heaven. The problem people often face is what we view as necessary to live. We may have a certain standard of living in mind that far exceeds our true needs thus we end up building a castle in our world and a shack in heaven. Heaven is for eternity and this life is only for 80 year if you are lucky to live that long. Would you rather live in a castle now or in eternity.
I personally would much rather have a hut for these 80 years than a hut for eternity. Jesus wants us to store up our treasure in heaven but we also need to keep in mind our own physical needs. Ask for God to give you wisdom and a greater understanding of your true earthly needs so that you focus can be on building treasure in heaven. Amen.