Jo’s Devotions 04/07/14: Sacrifice (Heaven’s Currency) – How Rich Are You?
From a tender age, we are brought up to appreciate the benefits of saving. Our parents provided us with piggy banks where we dumped our coins in store for a brighter day. And how exciting it felt to drop one into the box! It felt like a huge accomplishment.
And with each passing year, the need to save couldn’t ever be over-emphasized. So we work hard, so we can earn more and, in turn, save more. The hard times of today makes saving a priority as a means of survival.
People of today love to brag about how fat their bank accounts are – as if that can buy them even one day’s worth of the breath of life on their death beds.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”-Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV).
People kill themselves trying to store money and possessions up, forgetting that life on earth is shorter than we actually think (since we do not know when our time will be up), and that the things we acquire here on earth cannot be used to purchase the ticket for where we want to spend eternity. Instead of going to all lengths to amass wealth which we will leave behind, why not worry about how much we are saving in our heavenly account?
I have learned that heaven’s currency is not material. It’s all about sacrifice. God sacrificed His only Son to pay our debts; so the requirement to open up an account up there has to be a sacrifice too. How rich are you? How much of your earthly comforts, talents and abilities have you sacrificed for God?
Where and how we will spend eternity should be more of a concern to us than how comfortably we live in this temporary world…