Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:18-19 (NIV)
Do you want to lay up treasure in heaven with me? Yes, of course I want to lay up treasure in heaven with you. I know that this life will quickly pass away. I am here on this earth for a very short time. I am a visitor here. I am just passing through. This life is like the blink of an eye or a snap of the fingers. I am here today. I will be gone tomorrow. It would be a foolish waste of my time to try to store up treasure in this life. That’s right. How can I store up treasure in heaven with you? That is a very good question. I am glad that you have the brevity of life firmly fixed in your mind. You are right in saying that it would be a foolish waste of time to store up treasures on the earth. You also have very little time to store up treasure in heaven with me. It will be very good for you to make the best use of the time that you have been given in this life. I will ask you a question. Go ahead, I’m listening. Have I richly blessed your life? Yes, you have richly blessed my life. What do you think I want you to do with all that I have given to you? I’m not sure. Do you think I want you to tightly hold on to all that I have given to you? I doubt that. Do you think that I want you to generously share with others all that I have given to you? I have no doubt about that. I am positive that you want me to share with others all that you have given to me. That’s right.
I have a thought that may come as a surprise to you. What’s that? There is nothing that I have given to you that I don’t want you to share with others. You want me to share everything you have given me with others? Yes, I do. You want me to share my time with others? You want me to share my gifts, talents and abilities with others? You want to share all my possession and resources with others? That’s right. I don’t want you to place any limits or boundaries on what you will or won’t share with others. I want all that I have given to you to be available for my use. Is that something you will do for me? Will you give back to me what I have given to you? Will you generously share with others all that I have given to you? Yes Lord, I will. Then, you will be storing up treasure in heaven with me as you share with others what I have given to you. That is what I want. That is what I will do. That will be very good.
Lord, you have richly blessed my life. Help me to be generous and willing to share what you have given to me. Help me to be rich in doing good deeds for others. Make my life an example of generous giving. Help me to store up treasure in heaven with you. Amen
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