Dr. Matthew Lee Smith
Sep 25, 2008

Becoming Like Jesus! (Part 33)

© 2008 By Dr. Matthew Lee Smith

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These are turbulent times for our economy. Many people have watched as their retirement accounts have shrunk, their home equity has been reduced and their financial picture has turned dark.

In such times, we begin to look at securing our assets and guarding ourselves against further deflation. And just as we want to protect our financial future, Jesus reminds us in Matthew 6.19-21 that we should be securing our eternal future as well …

“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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJ)

We become like Jesus when …

  • We store up eternal treasure while we are still on Earth!

That last sentence from Jesus is very telling … “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” How do we know what we truly value? This is easy! Where do we put out time and our finances?

Let’s be clear: You can’t buy your way into heaven! However, you can invest in the things that will last forever! People, your character and God’s Word all last forever! Who will you invest in to bring them into a personal, saving relationship with Christ? How will you become conformed to the image of Jesus Christ? What is your plan to impress the heart of God, as expressed in His Word, into your very being?

Starting this week, why not re-evaluate the places you invest your time and finances in? Ask yourself, does this truly reflect an eternal security plan for your assets? Perhaps placing more of an investment in the eternal through your local church would strengthen your long-term eternal goals!