Where are you storing up treasures? Many have forgotten that this world is not a Christian’s home. We are just passing through on our way to our glorious home up yonder. This greedy and perverse generation is rubbing off on many members of the Lord’s church and causing many to stumble and fall away. Many are so wrapped up in the cares and affairs of this life that they have made little or no preparation for the life to come.
Paul said, “Seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:1, 2). A similar admonition fell from the lips of our Lord in his Mount Olivet discourse, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt and where thieves do not break through and steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Mt. 6:19-21).
In spite of the plain declaration of the preceding passages, a mad dash to accumulate earthly treasures has relegated laying up heavenly treasures to a place of secondary importance. When will we ever realize the futility of setting our affections upon a place that is temporal in nature? Peter reminded his readers of the certainty of Christ’s coming and the attendant consequences. “When the day of the Lord comes, the heavens will pass away with a great noise, the elements shall melt with fervent heat, and the earth and all of its works will be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:10). Peter then asked a pivotal question: “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. . .?” (2 Pet. 3:11).
We need to emulate and imitate the heaven-centered thinking of the heroes of faith chronicled in Hebrews 11. They confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth (v. 13). They desired a better country, that is, an heavenly country (v. 16). They realized that here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come (v. 14). Abraham looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God (v. 10). Moses to choose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season (v. 25). Some were tortured, not accepting deliverance that they might obtain a better resurrection (v. 35). Does this sound like this generation? More imperatively, does it sound like you?
Let us to remember to love not the world, neither the things that are in the world (the lust of the eye, flesh, and the pride of life) (1 John 2:15,16). Let us never forget that the world passes away and the lust thereof: but he will do the will of God abides forever (1 Jn 2:17). No, we can’t have our cake and eat it too. We can’t serve God and wealth (Mt 6:24). If we love this world and its riches, we can have no part in the life to come. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul” (Mt 15:24-26)? We must reject this world’s riches, take up our cross and follow in the paths of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The fathers and prophets of old rejected this world, Jesus and his apostles rejected this world, and so must we if we are to live forever with Christ in the life to come.