A man of God once visited a wealthy woman who was highly placed in the society. As they discussed, the woman began to tell him about her properties and estates in different parts of the globe. In responding, he said, ‘well, madam, I see you have so much acquisition out there, but how much do you have up there?’ he asked, pointing a finger towards heaven. Upon hearing this, the woman became downcast and sober, knowing she had invested next to nothing in that direction. Without doubts, the man’s query is one of eternal relevance; and such that we also should ponder upon.
When it is considered that everything here will ultimately become a heap of ruin1, whereas, investments targeted upwards are everlasting, storing up possessions on earth will be concluded an imprudent agenda. Apart from the utter consumption at the closure of all things, there is also the vulnerability of wealth to destructive elements here on earth. Talk about natural disasters, accidents, thefts and so on. Affirming this, Jesus said, ‘lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also’2.
Indeed, the reverse of the statement, ‘where your treasure is, there will your heart be’ is also true. Like in the case of that woman, her heart was set on earthly things; hence, she kept her treasures here. In line with this, we are admonished to set our affection on things above and not on things on the earth3. We must admit however, that it is somewhat natural to focus on the seen rather than the unseen but with the power of decision, one can change that. The primary decision would be to give one’s heart to the Lord who reigns from heaven, from this, draws a secondary resolution, which is, to set one’s affection (heart) to the things that are of there. The inevitable consequence of these is that one’s treasures will begin to travel in like manner – more up there, less down here.
1. 2 Peter 3: 6-7, 10-12; Revelation 21:1
2. Matthew 6:19-21
3. Colossians 3:1-3
Ogaga Eruteya is passionate about serving God and humanity. He believes people ought to be the best God wants them to be. He writes from Oyo, Nigeria.