Accumulating Wealth--- By: Joe Frankliln
“Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 HCSB.
I dropped by a local hardware store recently to pick up an item and the clerk greeted me and within a minute my need was met. Then I start looking and thinking about other items. I am not an avid shopper, but I do enjoy browsing the Mom and Pop hardware stores. It is like a walk in treasure chest of goodies. An item came to mind and when I asked the clerk he said they did not carry that but then he said I do not mind telling you where to find it. He added I like helping my customers not just by selling to them and offering advice about using our goods, but also telling them where to find items we do not carry. This gentleman went on to say that honesty is always the best policy and doing unto others as you would have them do to you is the right course of action, after all life is short and eternity waits. Further he declared because of the Lord and what He has done for me, I long for the day when I will be with Him in heaven. Meanwhile I am glad to be here assisting special people like you.
Needless to say I left that store encouraged and praising God for allowing me to see one of His servants effectively witnessing and serving in the work place. He was present in this world but anticipating eternity. Get ready for eternity, now that is what Jesus means when He speaks about storing up treasure in heaven. It is the ongoing realization that Jesus is the greatest treasure and living that out (Matthew 13:44-46). According to the text it requires intentionality on our part. Our greatest obstacle is the world around us because it is attractive. The other side of the coin is that we are among the lost, the sick, the discouraged, the overwhelmed, the self centered, and the worldly in the work place. We never go wrong by showing interest in their lives, speaking words of comfort, giving counsel consistent with God’s word, offering to pray for them, and then following up. They long to hear truth with sincerity and to see it lived out. We speak truth from the reservoir of God’s word that is in our hearts. Every time we minister to a person by faith and with the strength God supplies then we are storing up eternal wealth. God is orchestrating opportunities today for us in the work place. Make today count by investing in the lives of other people and accumulate real wealth that lasts for eternity.