My kids keep asking if money is power. Not because they suddenly want to have some sort of philosophical discussion – obviously. But, it’s a line in some old Tom and Jerry movie. I tried to relate it to them on their terms by asking questions like “Does money make you happy?”
“Yes!” John Henry answered.
I tried again. “What makes you happiest? Toys or friends?”
“Friends”, he said.
Okay. “What makes you happiest? Toys or having a mommy and daddy?”
“You and daddy”, he responded.
Then, Anna chimed in, “Mommy, Daddy AND toys!”
Poor analogy for a three-year old. For many of us, it’s a tough one, too. We can spend so much of our time accumulating or trying to accumulate stuff, we fail to accumulate the things that really matter. We store up earthly treasures, and what do our heavenly treasures look like?
We let worry and stress rob us of the knowledge that our time here on earth is brief. It’s but a vapor. Read Psalm 39:4-5. And in the end, no one will say, “Man, he had a really awesome boat.” Nor will we hear, “Did you ever visit her house on the beach?”
What will be said of those who store up heavenly treasures is “He was selfless.”
“She was a great mom.”
“He served others.”
“She invested into her friends’ lives.”
“He led me to the Lord.”
“She brought me food when our family was hungry, and I had no money.”
“He always prayed for me.”
“She understood God’s grace and imparted it to me.”
“He forgave me.”
“She was my teacher at church told me all about Jesus.”
The list could go on. Let’s not let stuff consume us. Let’s be generous toward others. And, let’s invest into what really matters.
Money is not power. Christ in you, the hope of glory is.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ… Philippians 3:7-8
Are you storing up more earthly or heavenly treasures?