What Will You Take With You?

There are great piles of gold, gems and treasured items that stack almost to the ceiling in some of the scenes in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.  Yet atop those piles of gold are nothing but skeletons, cold reminders that the flesh will ultimately give way and return again to the earth as God declared (Genesis 3:19).  The intellectual component to our being understands that we can’t take this stuff with us, that when we die, those prized possessions, the money, the real estate, whatever it is, that these things will not be going with us to our eternal destination.  The discovery of the great treasures of the Egyptian Pharaohs is a testament to this fact.  Despite this knowledge however, we still can get caught up in the quest for riches as though our eternal state was somehow going to be altered by the accumulation of things.

 
The truth is, that most of these things don’t even last while we are here on earth, and those that do have the ability to endure longer than these bodies, will ultimately disappear.  Jesus spoke plainly about this during the sermon on the mount, ““Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19–21).  How do we lay up treasure in heaven?  We do so by giving our heart to God, by following the great commandment, “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30).  
 
In giving our lives to Christ, we are assured of eternal life, and as we continue on for whatever time that our Lord allots for us on this earth, we are to use that time for His glory, giving Him our hearts and lives. In so doing, we are laying up treasure in heaven.  There is more though, because although we can not take the things of this life with us, we can take others with us.  As Jesus continued to answer the scribe’s question, He stated, “And the second, like it, is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these”” (Mark 12:31).  
 
Those of us in Christ are the recipients of God’s grace, the unmerited redemption from sin, the assurance of eternal life in heaven with the Lord.  This position we have is purely by God’s power, even the faith we have is a gift (Ephesians 2:8). However, God uses people, to bring the Gospel to others os that they might have opportunity to respond to the working of the Holy Spirit (Romans 10:14).  We can lay up treasure in heaven by sharing the good news with others who have not yet heard and by being the encouragers to those that have, so that when we do get to heaven to meet our Lord, we will find a host of treasures, those we have loved enough here, to bring along to the hereafter.
 
All Scripture Quotations from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Edition: Third, Copyright: Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved
 
- John Manor IV
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