''Do not lay up for yourselves treasure upon 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
There are two kingdoms and two schools of thought to consider about treasure and its value system. The kingdom of the world teaches to save and store up and the kingdom of God says to give it all away. Selfishness, pride and greed rule the world while love and charity govern the kingdom of God.
The word treasure in the context of this scripture describes a place in which goods and precious things are laid up. In the world we have savings accounts, 401 k's, mutual funds and CD'S, but what can be stored in the First National Bank of heaven?
God gives us many things to possess while we are residing on the planet: gifts, spiritual fruit and talents, but most of all He gives us the ability to gather the jewels of heaven, the souls of men and women. I've been to many funerals in my life and have seen the rich and poor alike buried, but I have yet to see anyone take anything out of this world.
I did a funeral for an old friend one time a few years back, his name was Wesley and his life was full of drunkenness and violence. The previous year I married Wesley and his new found lady only to bury him a year later, killed by her son in a shootout in their home. Wesley had always said, I'll never make it past fifty and he was right he died three days after his fiftieth birthday.
After the service as I was about to leave I noticed a young man that looked as if he had been up all night long, he hadn't shaved and he was wearing cutoffs. The young man came up to me and said he was Wesley's son and wanted to know if he could put something in the casket, I said, sure, whatever you want to do. As I watched the young man approach the casket I saw him about to put a full bottle of Thunderbird wine and a pack of Kools into the coffin when all of a sudden he pulled the bottle of wine back out and proceeded to drink it before sending it on to the afterlife.
The sad thing about this story is that all Wesley cared about was drinking and raising hell all of his life and at the end all he had to show for it was an empty bottle of wine and a pack of Kools. Now I know what most people are thinking, I'm glad I'm not like that guy, wasting his life on booze and violence, but what are they going to say when you come to that final celebration of life and what will they be stuffing in your casket?
Will it matter how much we have in the bank or what kind of car we were driving or how big our home was when we come to face God in that final hour? When we are asked what we did with our lives, what will we say. What about all that money we strived all of those years to make and store up for those last few years of life only to drop dead at the ATM.
Then I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of holiness, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done. This is also vanity. Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God. Ecclesiastes 8: 10- 13