By this title, many of you may be thinking that I have decided to branch off from Bible topics to discuss the important matter of investment. Now, where you are wrong is that I will be discussing a Bible topic, but I will be discussing spiritual investment. Let’s check it out.
For many of us who know Christ, we understand that it is important to grow in the things of Christ. We are to grow in faith, in community, and in the fruits of the Spirit. We are called to store up treasures in heaven, and not on earth.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:20-21 NASB1995
But how many of us actually store up these treasures? And does Jesus ever talk about these treasures anywhere else in the Bible? Well, the answer to that is yes!
Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.Revelation 3:17-19 NASB1995
In this passage, Jesus was actually talking to a church, the church of Laodicea. Now imagine that, Jesus is telling one of His churches that they are poor in heavenly treasure. How could a church of God be poor in this? Well Jesus gives us the answer. He tells the church that they should ‘buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich’. Jesus then sums up all these things that He wants to give the church, on top of the gold, with the idea that it is all about reproof and discipline. Then He calls us to repent. So the basic formula is this. If we want heavenly riches, we must buy them from Jesus. The buying process looks like discipline and reproof. To start that buying process, we need to repent. Simple. But what does this imply about heavenly treasure? It isn’t a physical treasure, though I am sure when we get there the streets will be made out of gold, but rather it is righteousness. We know this because the discipline of the Lord leads to righteousness. So we can connect the discipline that is in the buying process will lead to righteousness.
All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.Hebrews 12:11 NASB1995
Righteousness is the treasure in Heaven that will never fade or lose its value. But in my experience if you don’t ask that Lord to train you up in the ways of righteousness, He won’t do it. It has to be something you want and ask for. So let’s all take a look at our lives today and repent from something that we know is wrong, and begin the buying process. Happy Investing!
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.Matthew 7:7 NASB1995