Featured in the January, 2006 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Money means a lot. We work hard for it.
Early in the morning you wait for a bus, or sit in long lines of traffic just to get to work. Your job is tiring and may even be dangerous.
You need the money for for food, clothes, housing, transportation and all that is required by your family. But you also try and keep a portion of this money and that is hard to do.
A look at the checkbook balance at the end of the month is not always encouraging, but you get more than you think. You may even be wealthy.
Take your annual income and multiply it by the number of working years in your life and see if that figure does not go over $1 million. You are a millionaire! That is what the figures say, but where does it go?
The problem is that it is hard to hang onto money. It keeps getting away from us.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus spoke about this difficulty saying, “Stop storing up your riches on earth where moths and rust make away with them, and where thieves break in and steal them” (Matthew 6:19, Williams). That is the hitch: we work for it, but others get it.
What are you to do in order to hang onto your hard-earned money? The danger is not just losing some of it, but all of it. For when you die it has been said, “You can’t take it with you?”
You put your life’s labor into a house, but leave it behind when you die. Your real prize is your car which gives you pride as you polish it, but you will never drive it to heaven. Stocks, bonds, certificates of deposits will still be quietly resting in your safe-deposit box when your body is lying in another box. Your jewelry and your gold coins will not be in your hands when you enter heaven. Or as someone put it, “There are no U-Hauls in the funeral procession.”
How many times have we been told, “You can’t take it with you”?
That phrase may be technically true, but it is not the whole truth. It is actually possible for you to get your money into heaven and Jesus tells you how.
There is an old story about a sailor who was shipwrecked on a South Sea island. He was met by the natives who carried him on their shoulders, placed him on a throne and made him king. He really enjoyed it all. But it was not long before he discovered that it was the custom that the king ruled only one year.
Then the sailor began to wonder what happened to all the former kings. He learned that at the end of the year the king was exiled to a neighboring, desolate island to starve to death.
However, knowing he was king for a year, he began issuing orders. Boats were made; farmers were sent to that island to plant crops; carpenters were dispatched to build a house; everything needed was made ready.
His year ended and he was exiled, but not to a bleak island for starvation, but to a tropical paradise prepared with plenty.
No, “you can’t take it with you”, but you can send it ahead.
Jesus said, “Keep on storing up your riches in heaven where moths and rust do not make away with them and where thieves do not break in and steal them” (Matthew 6:20).
The real question is not how wealthy you are on earth, but how wealthy will you be in heaven?
But how do you send your money to heaven? You can invest it in houses, but houses don’t go to heaven. Stocks don’t go to heaven. Land does not go to heaven.
According to the Word of God there is only one thing on this earth that will go to heaven and that is a human being. The way, and the only way, you can get your money into heaven is to invest it in a person who will go to heaven.
This is what the Lord’s church is all about. A biblical church such as Ashburn Baptist, through its preaching and teaching, its pastoral ministry, evangelistic efforts and missionary outreach, brings the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who are lost.
It costs money to carry on this work. Salvation is free, but it costs to spread the message of salvation. Some people, when hearing of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, believe and are saved. They will go to heaven.
Your money makes possible the bringing of this message to lost people who become saved and then ultimately go to heaven. This is how you can transfer your wealth from earth to heaven – by investing it in the work of God which brings people to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
All that we spend for everything else will be left on this earth; everything that we give for Christian work literally is “storing up your riches in heaven.”
Literally day and night, every day of the year, Ashburn Baptist, through its multiple ministries, is sharing the Gospel with a lost world.
Your weekly gifts to this work may well mean that someone very special to you, a friend or a family member, may come to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and discover that heaven is waiting for him.
Yes, you can get your money into heaven!