FROM SHIPWRECK TO ABUNDANCE

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.  Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life” (1Tim 6:17-19)

The word ‘command’ is a military word. This is not a suggestion. The Word of God commands us not to be proud or to trust in Mammon! God commands us to do good things and to be generous! That is how our heavenly account will increase and our trust and love of God will increase accordingly!

Do you want to store up treasures that are absolutely secure for the future? Then put your money where neither moths nor rust corrupt, where thieves can’t break in to steal (Matt. 6:19-21). Anything you invest in this life can be taken from you. Anything you invest in eternity is secure in the bank of heaven. If you had thousands of dollars in paper money that you needed to store in a safe place, you wouldn’t put it in a shack in a forest known for its frequent fires. And yet people who take a measure of caution in making sure their earthly goods are safe never stop to consider that the earth is going to burn (2 Pet. 3:10). Only what you invest in God’s kingdom will remain.

I read a very interesting story. A sailor shipwrecked on a Pacific Island. The natives captured him, put him on their shoulders, carried him to their village, set him on a crude throne and made him their king. Little by little the man learned that it was their custom each year to make some man a king for a year. He liked that idea until he began wondering what had happened to all the previous kings. He discovered that after the year was up, the kings were banished to a deserted island where they starved to death. The sailor didn’t like that idea, but he still had some time left. So he put his subjects to work, building a house, transplanting fruit trees, and planting crops on that deserted island. So when his year was up, as he knew it would be, he was banished, not to a barren island, but to a place of abundance.

We all die one day. You can’t take money with you at the time of your death. How then can you be ‘rich towards God’? You can pay into your heavenly account while you are still alive here in earth. It is called ‘paying forward’. You pay to your heavenly account where there is no inflation or recession. There is ever increasing profit. This is how you pay into your sure eternal heavenly account: by paying your tithes, by giving generously to the work of God and to the people who are in need. Just in case you doubt saying: ‘does God know how much I give to Him and to men?’ The answer is “Yes! He knows everything! He will reward you for every cent you have given to His work on earth! Believe in God! He is not a man that He should deceive you! The promise of reward is sure and the reward is also sure!  Trust God!

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