Treasure in Heaven
Shared by Patricia Backora, author of the book
Tough Love in Christ’s Millennium
Which you can order online from: http://www.publishamerica.com
Matt. 19:21-22; Luke 12:13-15; and 33-34; Acts 4:32-35; Hebrews 13:5; I Timothy 6:6-10
Beloved, if anyone insinuates that you are a failure in My school of faith because repeating “faith formulas” didn’t make you wealthy, don’t let it discourage you. My own Son was despised by wealthy religious rulers because of His humble background and lack of earthly wealth. The apostle Paul often suffered hunger, thirst and privations as a result of persecution for Christ’s sake. He was even despised by carnal religious folk because he had been beaten and chained up in jail, and evidence of spiritual conflict with satan was etched into his weather-beaten features.
I remember the day a man came to Jesus complaining that his brother refused to share their inheritance money with him. To all appearances, it was a simple matter of justice, and the man was entitled to what was legally his. He wanted Christ to exert His influence to compel his brother to give him his fair share. But Jesus knew the innermost motives of this man’s heart, and refused to take sides. He emphatically stated that a man’s life does not consist of the hoard of possessions he has piled up for himself.
Was Jesus obsessed with amassing costly possessions for Himself? A thousand times, no. Rather, He instructed His little flock to sell their possessions and use the money to help the poor. The treasures accumulated by His followers were to be heavenly ones, enduring riches which would never deteriorate or be subject to theft or other earthly calamity. In the earliest days of the Church, the believers loved one another so much that they were of one heart and one soul, and no one claimed that anything was exclusively his own. What a precious memory I have of those days, when outsiders marvelled: “Behold, how they love one another!” What joy this brought to My Father- Heart! They were so concerned for one another’s welfare that they sold their real estate and houses, put the proceeds into a common fund, and possessed all things in common. If I were to require this of you today, could you obey Me even to this extent? I doubt that many “faith” ministers could. They would say “OUCH!”
The money-obsessed man seeks his security in a big bank account. Like Solomon, he accumulates more and more, but he never feels that he has stockpiled enough. Some wealthy Christians think: I’ve done well for myself. Living by faith is fine, but just in case God doesn’t come through, I’ve squirrelled away funds for a rainy day. This is wealth he has reserved for his own enjoyment, not for My Kingdom.
And, most likely, the rains WILL fall, and the winds of adversity WILL blow against his house, for satan loves nothing more than a cocky attitude in one of My children. This is an open door for him to enter. Anyone who removes himself from under the umbrella of faith in My all-sufficiency is liable to be severely tried. Any house built upon the shifting sands of earthly prosperity, rather than upon Jesus Christ the Solid Rock, will be washed away in the flood.
The day will come that the world will be thrown into a panic by the cataclysmic events of the Tribulation Period and all money will lose its value. When I return to earth and judge who is fit among surviving mortal men to enter as subjects into My 1000-year Kingdom, I will separate the sheep from the goats. I will place the sheep on My right hand, and the goats on My left. Many famous, but faithless individuals will even try to buy a place at My right hand. Too late they will realize that though they spent their entire lives striving for what the world deems “success”, they were poor in eternal riches, and on that dreadful day I weighed them in the balance and found them wanting.