Jesus said, “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 nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Mt 6:19-21). Therefore, my most valued possession is my bible (Mt 24:35 f; 1 Pet 1:23-25). My most important decision to make was to obey the gospel of Christ (Mk 16:16 f; Acts 22:16). My greatest duty is to abide faithfully in the doctrine of Christ (2 Jn 9). My greatest trial to endure is to suffer for the cause of Christ (Jam 1:12 f; 2 Tim 3:12).
In this present life, it is the goal of most people to get a fine education, make a lot of money, get married and have children, and then retire to leisure. Sensible goals for mortal man. However, all the wisdom in the world is folly to God (1 Cor 3:19). No man can serve both God and wealth (Mt 6:24). Marriage is a sacred institution God gave to one man and one woman (Gen 2:24 f; Heb 13:4). However, when we commit adultery with unlawful marriages, then marriage can affect our eternal life (Mt 5:32 cf; Mt 19:9 f; 1 Cor 6:9).
I see people most every day suffering for the cause of this world. They smoke and get lung cancer, heart disease, or emphysema. They drink alcohol and get cirrhosis of the liver. They take illegal drugs and over dose. Faithful Christians don’t suffer from self indulgence. As Peter said, “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf” (1 Pet 4:15,16). Christians suffer because they are baptized believers who were added to the Lord’s church. They suffer because they live good and moral lives before man and God and remain faithful to His Word (2 Tim 3:12). “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God”? (1 Pet 4:17). They suffer because they are busy doing the work of the Lord (1 Pet 4:19). It is to this end were all Christians called and must suffer, even as their Lord and Savior suffered, leaving us an example to walk in his steps (1 Pet 2:20,21).
Therefore, I say to all Christians, read and study your bible. It your road map to the strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life (1 Tim 4:13 f; 2 Tim 2:15). Continue steadfastly in the doctrine of Christ and his apostles (Acts 2:42). And above all this, happily endure all the trials and tribulations which will come your way just because you remain faithful to the Will of God (Jam 5:11 f; Rev 2:10). If these are your greatest treasures on earth, then truly you shall have even a greater treasure in heaven (Mt 6:20).