TREASURE FOR ETERNITY                        Dr. Joseph Stowell

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
The disciples were no doubt delighted with Jesus’ reproof of the man who was rich with earthly goods but poor in that he had no relationship with God (Luke 12). This was a message for the pagans…they were off the hook.. Until he turned to them and asked why they were so distracted by earthly things and so uninterested in the kingdom.
We have probably heard that living to promote and participate in the kingdom of Christ is important. But what would it mean if we really lived to “seek first His kingdom?”
First, we must understand the essence of the kingdom. At its core is the reality of eternity. Christ hammered home the kingdom truth that there is something significant beyond the grave. This truth guided His view of this life. From Christ’s perspective, it made little sense to invest your life only in things you will not be able to take with you. He had a point. I have been to many funerals, and I have yet to see a Brink’s truck or a U-Haul following the hearse.
A Spanish proverb says, “Shrouds have no pockets.” Christ taught that in this life we should live so as to make a difference in eternity. Just a few verses before Christ gave His call to the priority of kingdom things, He anticipated that point by saying, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). Someone has paraphrased this statement of Christ by saying, “You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.” Christ commands us to inventory our lives for the future.
Think of your children, your money, your strength, and your gifts as investments in your kingdom portfolio. If the kingdom had a national hymn, it would be, “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”