"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."
Each of us worries about our personal investments from time to time. We all wonder if they are adequate enough to take us through the pains of economic turmoil. If your investments are in the stock market, you never know day to day whether you are gaining or losing ground. With the stock market crash in previous years, many have lost their life saving in a single day. Any investment in today's world is tricky business.
Jesus talks of another investment today. This investment is the time and care it takes to be part of God's kingdom. In this "bank" you are always certain to get a great return - it's guaranteed!
Just immediately before this passage, Jesus talked about bad investments. He used the concept of "storing up treasures" on earth. This is what we call "putting all your eggs in one basket". We know from mentors this is a bad idea. This is what Jesus referred to as "serving money" or Mammon - a word that was personified in the text, but generally referred to monetary wealth.
According to Jesus, good investments involve "sorting up treasure" in heaven. Jesus guarantees great insider information, kind of like our trusted investment bankers, only his is 100% on the money. He promises investments made personally will never decline in value. They will always give you a good return on your initial deposit.
In Christ's day it was understood that acts of kindness and gifts given for kingdom purposes were heavenly investments. Maybe it is time for you to review your "investment portfolio." You may need to shift some of your investments from treasures on earth to treasures in heaven. Keep in mind, "where you treasure is, there your heart will also be."
Father help me today to take stock of where my true treasure is.
Give me a good heart to invest in kindness, mercy, and generosity.
I want to set my sights on heavenly possibilities. Amen.