No one can steal the treasures of heaven

Rev. Eddie Nutt, Tally Ho First Baptist Church
Oct. 11, 2013 @ 10:10 PM

   

September 26 started just like any other day. The sun came up, and all of our family got dressed and went to work or school. Our son and I were to meet for lunch when he got out of class. I figured that I could get in a few hours of work before then, so I headed to my office at church.

Lunch time came. We met, we ate and we headed home. That was when life changed for us.

Our home had been broken into. The back door was kicked in and many of our valued possessions were stolen. My heart sank when I walked to our closet— my shotgun was gone. This one was particularly special to me. When I graduated high school, my Dad had told me to save all of my graduation money and to buy one thing that would be special to me and I could keep all of my life. Now it is gone. The ironic part is our son had graduated high school this past spring. I had shared this same suggestion with him. His gun was also stolen. Sure, we can replace the items with identical items, but they will never be the same.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But do lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 7:19-20

Now, Jesus isn’t saying in these passages that we can’t have things that are special to us here on earth. It is fine to have the things that have sentimental value or may have a special memory tied to them. He just doesn’t want the things of this earth to be our most valued treasures. He does want us to focus on serving Him here and in eternity. He desires to reward His children in heaven. After our break in, I am reminded thieves may steal our possessions here on earth, but the treasures that God has in store for His children in heaven are guarded by Him. That is better than the meanest dog or the best burglar alarm. No one can snatch our heavenly rewards away from God’s hands!

This is a reminder to all of us, me included, that this life and the things of it are only temporary. Serve God with all of your might! And know that He has treasures stored up for those that are saved in heaven.

The saddest part of all of this is that right beside our closet door, where my shot gun was stored, was a stack of Bibles. I know that they saw them because the one on top has “Holy Bible” printed on it in 8 inch letters. They could not have missed seeing it. But they did miss out on learning how get the greatest treasure of all, a relationship with Jesus Christ and the treasures that await those that serve Him. Hopefully you aren’t missing out on the great treasure that we can have when we have Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.