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We know Jesus teaches, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). But it might surprise us to know that according to Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus has an investment mentality. Something very exciting about this passage that should rivet our attention is the phrase, "lay up for yourselves." For yourselves! From everlasting to everlasting, Jesus Christ is all-wise and all-knowing. He is the foremost chief financial advisor the world has ever known.
In giving us this counsel, Jesus is hinting at the great future economic doomsday, that will be ushered in by His unannounced return at the end of the age. As His followers, we are thus privy to divine insider information: (with the perhaps possible exception of legacy gifts), any money in our temporary financial vehicles will become utterly worthless to us at our death or Christ’s return, both of which are inevitable. We can either die and leave money and worldly trinkets here—to our eternal regret, or send treasures on ahead—to our eternal joy.
In other words, Jesus is actually instructing us to act out of enlightened self-interest, for our greatest temporal and eternal good. He knows it's in our best self-interests to aggressively invest, not in the kingdom of this passing world, but in His everlasting kingdom. He doesn't say we should be unconcerned about treasures. Quite the opposite. He tells us to store up treasures. Actually, He commands us to. It is only a matter of where we will store those treasures, here or in Heaven.
Jesus basically says stop storing up treasures in the wrong place and start storing them in the right place. His primary argument against building earthly wealth in this particular passage of Scripture isn’t that it’s morally wrong. His point is that it’s a poor investment. He’s not saying it’s wrong to invest; He’s saying don’t make a foolish investment. Rather, be a wise kingdom-minded investor. Naturally, this core biblical teaching is foundational to Heart In Heaven’s mission, vision, and philosophy. We believe there is no end to what God can accomplish through a people who engage this temporal world not enamored by it or being at home in it, but rather, live with their hearts planted firmly in heaven.
Heaven...that is where our heart is. It is where our treasure is. And accordingly, we purpose to live in such a way so as to show the world we treasure God above anything and everything that it holds out to us. We desire that our thoughts, affections, attitudes, and behaviors all point to the preeminence of Christ, and to His unparalleled beauty and unsurpassed worth. And, we aim to uphold Jesus's teaching in Matthew 5:16: "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."