Remember your treasure account in heaven

Imagine…You’re at a funeral. As you look around you see lots of family and old friends. You even spot quite a few unfamiliar faces. Most of the people are dressed in black and as you scan the room you have to admit that the arrangement of flowers is pretty stunning. Everyone is lining up to walk past the coffin and pay their last respects. You also respectfully join the cue and slowly move with the line to the coffin. You finally come to the coffin and look down…you see yourself. You’ve come to the end of your life and this is your funeral. What a sad loss to the world because you’ve been such a blessing. As you glance at the people around you’re deeply touched by the tears of sadness flowing down the faces of the guests - particularly on the faces you don’t recognise. As the cue to the coffin ends a few words are going to be shared by different people on their memories of you. What will they say? How will they remember you? How did you really affect their lives?

Now let’s go a step further…In a flash your surroundings have changed. But where you are now is completely different. This room is breathtaking. It is grand and quite overwhelming. You can’t really make sense of your emotions because you’ve never seen anything like this before. The colours and structures are beyond anything you could have ever imagined. As you look forward you see a multitude of angels on your right and left…you’re in the throne room of God. What is God going to say to you? How did your life appear in His sight?

Just a little food for thought. You may be thinking ‘…this is all a bit intense!’ But it’s something we shouldn’t lose site of. We all want to succeed in life. In our work, in our relationships, in our goals and in our dreams we all want success. In fact you’d be hard pressed to discover someone whose intention is to be a failure. But what really is true success? Webster’s dictionary defines success as “The degree or measure of obtaining a desired end.” That means that when someone achieves their intended goal they can be deemed to have ‘succeeded’. But what about God’s definition of success? When God looks at success for us He doesn’t just focus on our accomplishment here. He looks at our attainment eternally. Sure God wants the best for our daily lives, but isn’t it interesting that the things that we work for here – our cars, houses, clothes, etc. can not be taken past the grave when we die? The only thing that succeeds the grave is our spirit and soul and our accomplishment in God’s eye. That includes our relationship with Him and the part we’ve played in helping others to find Him. God cherishes things like our prayers, acts of love, faith, kindness and our willingness to share and help others. Jesus told us to lay up “…treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19 Wow! We have a treasure account in heaven! This is just a reminder that on your way to success, make sure you’re putting in regular deposits in heaven’s account.

God bless and protect

Quote of the week:
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” - Matthew 6:21


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