“…but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew [6:20]
A friend in college had spent a good deal of his time and money restoring a classic Camaro. He poured everything he had into the Chevy, until he went away for the summer and his younger brother totaled it. When he learned of the accident, and that his brother was alright, his response was quick and to the point: “It’s okay. It’s all going to burn anyway.”
His response was so shocking and unexpected, the exact words of it have stuck with me to this day. He had spent that summer intentionally sharing his faith every day, and God had gotten ahold of his heart in a new way. Though he still loved the car, his treasure was in heaven, and that’s where he was investing.
Wherever we invest, our hearts follow. That’s why God calls us to be generous toward things that will last. We give to God’s work because it will endure, and we can enjoy it forever. There’s a reason Jesus goes from talking about treasure to talking about anxiety in Matthew 6. While our hearts should be led to the eternal, we invest them in things that won’t last, and we live in fear of the inescapable eventuality that they will ultimately fall apart. Therefore, we move from peace to anxiety. Where are you investing?
God, give me the courage to invest in that which I do not yet see, but that which will last. Amen.