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Monday, September 25, 2006

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"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field."

--Jesus, Parable from Matthew 13:44

National Treasure. Pirates of the Caribbean. Raiders of the Lost Ark. We love the thought of finding hidden treasure, it seems.

Whether it's becoming a workaholic or buying Lotto tickets, we seem to be preoccupied with accumulating wealth. I guess it's the idea that we will be happy one day when we get enough. Really?

Jesus tells us not to store up treasures on earth. No surprise here. Then, Jesus tells us to store up treasure in heaven. No surprise here either. Or is it?

I didn't expect Jesus to say anything about storing up treasure. What's that about. I mean, aren't we supposed to give everything away and live in poverty like Mother Theresa did?

Well, it's God's way of saying that he wants us to be rich. And those trusting in Christ for eternity will be rich...if they are sending it ahead.

Randy Alcorn has coined the Treasure Principle which says, "You can't take it with you, but you can send it ahead." (Treasure Principle)

Jesus wants us to store up treasure--he just wants us to be smart about it. He wants us to store up treasure...that will last.

Treasure in heaven will last. Treasure on earth...well it will rust, rot, decay, break, get used up, get stolen, or just be given away when we die. "There are no U-hauls behind limos." King Tut thought he could take it with him. But it's still here. Tons of gold. Wonder where he is...

Don't buy the lie. Pursuing the best this world has to offer is chasing after the wind. It's futile. Are you investing in your eternity. The benefits are out of this world.