Treasures

    The massive Cullinan diamond was discovered in the Premier Mine in Transvaal, South Africa, January 25, 1905, weighing 3,106 carats! Since South Africa was then part of the British Empire, the government gave the stone to King Edward VII of England for his 66th birthday. Amsterdam jeweler, Isaac Asscher, cut the stone into nine large gems and more than 100 smaller ones. The largest is the size of a hen’s egg at 530 carats and known as “The Star of Africa.” It is set in the British Royal Sceptre.

    These eye-popping stones with all their value and glitter are nothing compared to “the treasures” which we can “lay up in Heaven” for King Jesus (Matthew 6:20). While on this earth, Christians are on their way to Heaven, but most don’t really mean it when they sing the old song, “This world is not my home, I am just a-passin’ through.” We are more temporal than eternal.

    Deeds done by the power of the Spirit for the glory of God are rare gems to Jesus, so He said, “Great is your reward in Heaven” (Matthew 5:12). Paul even noted the difference between earthly treasures and heavenly ones when he said, “Not that I am looking for a gift (from the Philippians), but I am looking for what may be credited to your account” (Philippians 4:17). In other words, our treasures are either in a bank on earth or in the Bank of Heaven. This is why Jesus said, “Anyone who stores up things for himself is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:18-21). I don’t just live for what I possess, but for what I can pass on and lay up in God’s portfolio. When it comes to ROI (return on investment) rewards in eternity, you can either be like Bill Gates or Billy Graham.

    Kent Anderson and his stewardship team are offering various seminars to help us wisely steward our finances, whether with investments, budgets, tithing, use of credit cards, or savings. “Each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12). This is why Jesus said that “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21); meaning that now in the “is” of existence is when you are making life-changing decisions. No wonder the godly woman of Proverbs 31, “Is far more precious than jewels” (Proverbs 31:10). Like her, may our “works praise us in the gates” of Heaven (Proverbs 31:31).

     

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