A pile of debris
The photo above is of a house that has been wrecked for the purpose of clearing it and building another one. It is in the middle of the most affluent area of Dallas, Highland Park. 99% of the people in the world would’ve considered the demolished house a mansion, even a palace. But evidently, someone has the desire to clear this beautiful house and build an even more valuable mansion.
But what struck me was the remains of the century old house. A pile of debris, headed for the dump. What once was a lovely home in the middle of other lovely affluent homes was now rubbish, of no value. If they are living, I am sure the former residents of this fine home have cherished memories, and sadness, as they see their home being destroyed. All of this reminds me of where this earth will end up when the new heavens and new earth are ushered in by God.
Treasures in heaven
And just think for a moment, all those new or valuable things we have that bring us pleasure, only to see them decay, wear out or be destroyed in some way. All the earthly things we trust in for our well being will end up one day just like this house. Most are something we treasure. Jesus speaks of this in Matthew. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Vss. 6.19-20).
Laying up treasures in heaven is the only way to preserve your wealth. Whatever God has allowed us to have should be consecrated to him, using our assets, our wealth at any level, for the good of his kingdom. This is ‘laying up treasures in heaven’. And it will never be diminished. You can’t tear it down so to speak, it’s rock-solid, permanent. It’s eternal, and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Jesus concludes his thoughts this way in verse 21. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
His kingdom and glory
None of the earthly things we have should ever separate us from him. Everything we have has come from him to begin with. They actually are his; we have just been entrusted with them as stewards. We can certainly enjoy all of them, but not to the extent that they diminish our walk with him. We are at some time or another tempted to rock back and believe our joy comes from our possessions. But just like this bulldozed heap of rubbish, it is fleeting and, in the end, worthless. That is, unless we use it for the good of his kingdom and for his glory.