I realize that when this life is over I will leave my material possessions behind. I do not need to take my house to Heaven because Jesus has prepared for me an eternal home. I do not need to take my wardrobe to Heaven because He will clothe me in robes of righteousness. None of the essentials of this life will be necessary in Heaven. The Lord who is my all-in-all will supply my every need.
That we leave our earthly possessions behind was a frustrating thought for Solomon. In the second chapter of Ecclesiastes Solomon bemoaned the fact that upon his death everything he had accumulated and accomplished would be left to others. Moral of the story: hold on to the things of this life loosely because they are only temporary.
But what about my money? Can I take it with me? Only in this sense. If you want to take your money to Heaven, invest it in things that are going to Heaven — people!
This is one of the great motivations to giving. Yes, I pay tithes and give offerings in obedience to the multiple commands of the Bible. I do it as a way of acknowledging God’s ownership over my possessions. But I also give with the idea of investment in mind. I have invested money in certain ventures only to lose my investment. But no money invested in the work of the Lord is ever lost!
Paying tithes and giving offerings is one of the ways we lay up treasure in Heaven (Matthew 6:20). As we invest in the work of the local church with our tithes, we become partners in ministries that are touching lives. As we invest in missions, we join missionaries stationed around the world and become co-workers in their labors.
The exciting thing about giving to the Lord’s work is that you never know the possible exponential returns on your investment. Thirty-four years ago I was brand new in the ministry. I had the opportunity of investing in the life of an eighteen-year-old young man who was a new Christian. At first, it was an investment of time. It later became an investment of money to help support him in his ministry endeavors. My friend now stands on the brink of becoming the president of an international ministry that touches the lives of thousands of children every year. Little did I know in 1984 how this particular investment would pay off for the cause of Christ!
Be a faithful steward of the resources God has entrusted to your care, and be a wise investor (by the way, it’s never too late to begin). When you think about it, you can take it with you when you invest in the work of God. As for the returns, they are literally out of this world.
Pastor Todd Weston