There is something about our possessions in this world that is so temporary. When we remember someone’s life, we don’t talk about their belongings the same way we talk about their character, their choices to love and give or their relationships. There is something in us that values those things above material things.
We also read that those things in this life are connected to the next.
Jesus talks about our wealth, decisions and choices now being directly related to our life after. That being faithful in this life leads to imperishable riches in the next. However, how they relate is still more of a mystery.
But one thing is clear: our lives have a ripple effect into eternity.
Yet, we don’t get in because of what we’ve done, but because of what Jesus has done. Different books of the Bible describe heaven as a place where all of our deepest longings and desires are resolved. By following Jesus, we accept the promise of eternal life.
When we get a glimpse of heaven, it will change how we live on earth. Knowing that there is a connection between our faithfulness in this life and our inheritance in the next – we have an opportunity.
We have an opportunity to store up temporary wealth on earth, or invest in treasure with everlasting value in heaven.
Your choices will ripple into eternity.
Belong – Because you can belong before you believe.
Do you naturally value someone who is a good friend or someone who owns good things? What makes good character so valuable? Can you see how that could ripple into eternity?
Believe – Because those who belong often start to believe.
What is the value in believing that, both in this life and the next, your actions have a ripple effect? How are you willing to invest in wealth beyond worldly riches?
Become – Because everyone who believes can become someone new.
How are you investing in wealth beyond worldly riches? Ask God if there an area of your life where you need to become less invested in worldly wealth and more invested in Him.
Dear God, you are an awesome God, and sometimes you are more of a mystery than I can ever imagine. Thank you that you are more magnificent than my mind can discover and that I can seek you my whole life and never tire of your mystery. Teach me how to invest in your everlasting treasure in heaven, guide my decisions and grow my faith into action for your glory. In Jesus holy name, Amen.