Lay Your Treasures in Heaven
My husband and I own a quaint and
stylish village house in Spain. It sits in a lovely Moorish village
dating back 1000 years. The house is 400 years old. We bought it and
renovated it 6 years ago. Now we rent it out as a holiday home.
Recently, while my husband was filling
the jacuzzi tub to bathe in, he noticed three hairline cracks. They
were never there before, and we are surmising that this happened from
our last guests. Knowing that people don't generally treat things
that aren't theirs as if they were theirs, it does generate concern
when renting the house to strangers.
We were both very upset, because the
cost of the hydromassage tub was pricey. It bothers me that people
would not mention this, and not take responsibility or bring any
incident to our attention.
As I lay in bed that night pondering
the possibilities of how the cracks got there, and I prayed for
wisdom concerning the matter, a verse came to the forefront of my
mind. Matthew 6:19, “"Do not store up for yourselves treasures
on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and
The truth of the verse hit me hard and
fast. It also comforted me. Until I fell asleep, the new question on
my mind was, “How, exactly, do I lay up treasures in heaven?”
Surely, I have been doing that for decades without knowing it.
But now I really want to concentrate on
these things. I believe the Church Age, or the Age of Grace, is
coming to a close. Time is running short for people to hear the
truth. I am by no means opposed to selling my house and giving the
money to charity, if this is what is required.
During the time of Christ, there were
no social services. Charity and taking care of widows and orphans was
handled by the church. Since the birth of these government operated
services, I believe the generosity of believers has faded.
I do want to lay treasures in heaven. I
just want to know the best places to give and donate my money and my
I have become idle due to fear.
Too many times, in the end, I gave my
money foolishly. An example: I was about to give my nice sleeping bag
to a homeless man on my last camping trip coming home from Israel. My
husband stopped me. “He will only sell it or exchange it for
I think he was right. I meant well, but
it would have been compulsive. Is it wrong to think things through
and be prudent? This meant, I came home with the bag.
I know there are local organizations
that I can donate to. And this is not a bad thing. But I wanted to
bless someone randomly and spontaneously. I had certain ideals in my
head that most likely would not have come to pass.
I pictured a man on the street warm and
cozy in the sleeping bag. In reality, it would have probably been
alcohol that warmed his veins. After all, there are shelters to go to
for the night. I fear, though, that this situation is also less than
ideal and the solution carries its own problems.
This brings me back to my problem. How
do I effectively lay up treasures in heaven? I do not by any means,
upon review, believe I am living like I profess to believe. I do not
think I am living like this earth is not my home and I am just
passing through. Or that I am constantly building my eternal resume.
I am laying awake wondering what is
going to come of my luxury hot tub.
I do not feel ashamed, but I do feel
challenged. I do not have any answers today on how to fulfill this
command specifically. But the desire has been awakened in me. I will
be sending up little prayers as the days come and go asking for the
Lord to tell the Holy Spirit to give me a nudge upon any opportunity,
and to strengthen the desire in me. And to give me brevity.
If you read this post and are
interested in the same, or are having success accomplishing this,
please drop me a line in the comment box. Or just hold me accountable
and ask me how I am doing!
Written by Jori Sams