October 18, 2011
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust 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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” — Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
Over the last two years, with the volatile money market, many have suffered heavy loss of hard earned resources. So, from bonds to gold, suggestions are made to help one make safe choices. Every Sunday, the local paper carries a section on ?investment? to help stretch ones money further.
Some might ask: ?How do you stretch the dollar when you don?t have much to begin with??
I have a cross-stitched plaque that reads ?Work for the Lord. The pay may not be great but the returns are out of this world.?
Many have a misconception that unless you have money you cannot serve the Lord. Don?t get me wrong. We live in a world that uses money. But for many, when they speak of investment, money seems to be the only category.
Jesus spoke of another kind of investment in the Sermon on the Mount. He spoke of something eternal when He said, ?do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth?BUT lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven??
Earthly treasures can be destroyed, He said, by moth and rust and even be stolen by thieves. Moreover, we cannot bring those treasures with us when we leave this earth.
On the contrary, heavenly treasures cannot be destroyed or stolen. They are secure in God?s kingdom.
While going through some hard times my friend learnt that God is in control of his entire life. Rather than groan over his troubles, he began to share Christ with his colleagues and business partner. One by one, he was able to turn their eyes to Jesus.
He encouraged them to go to church, love God and to put their priorities correct. His business partner, in turn, began to influence his colleagues.
One day, my friend asked me to introduce a church for his business partner?s colleagues in another country. I contacted a former student and his business partner?s colleagues did go to church. On that first visit, a couple shared with them about sin and salvation, and they trusted in Jesus.
My friend, his business colleague, my former student, the couple and I each made a big investment for eternity through our time and effort. There were others who invested through prayer, but only God knows the extent of people?s investment.
Because we live on earth, we use money for our daily needs. But this is different from wanting more money. Jesus says ?where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.?
Where is your heart today? You may need money to survive, but be careful about accumulating only earthly treasures.
Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.