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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Treasures In Heaven

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. " Matthew 6:19-20 RSV

How do we lay up treasures in heaven? The news coverage of Katrina goes on with heart wrenching video and tear producing stories, but the most poignant stories are those of the children separated from their parents. Apparently, mothers and fathers chose to allow their children's rescue first, despite the possibility of being separated for days. Our children are precious to us here on earth. Children are also special to God.

"See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven." Matthew 18:10-11 RSV

The evacuees left their homes, their jewels, their televisions and computers. They left great-grandmother's china, they even left behind their dogs and cats. But, they did not leave behind their sons and daughters. In fact, they valued their sons and daughters more than themselves by sending them on ahead to safety.

If our children are our most precious treasures on earth, then too, our children will be our treasures in heaven. So, how do we produce heavenly children? We produce our heavenly children by spreading the Holy Spirit. Every time we give our testimony to someone, we are planting our seed. Our actions of compassion, kindness and goodness to others fertilizes the Spirit in their soul. Our witness to God's power and love waters the seed planted within them. Our prayers for their salvation allow that seed to grow and mature until one day they cry out to God in their travail, "Oh God - I believe that Jesus is Lord and that he died for my sins."

At that moment, you have just laid up your treasure in heaven.


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