“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths 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)
The 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is one of the coolest cars I’ve ever seen. And the exciting thing is that they are affordable. In a world where sports cars such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis cost so much money that only the super rich can afford to buy one, the muscle cars of the 60’s and 70’s are just as cool looking as any Italian sports car but often cost no more than the average new automobile at your local car dealership.
Searching Ebay recently I happened to find a red Mach 1 located only 2 ½ hours from where I live. To buy it, all I would have needed to do was to have gone to my bank, gotten a car loan, had my wife drive with me down there, given the man the money, and then had my wife follow me home in my very own 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1.
But God said not to store up treasures on Earth. He said I should, instead, store up treasures in heaven.
Consider this: The car costs $35,000 which I could go to the bank and take out a loan for right now. But, for the same amount of money I could pay for the education of 6 destitute children in India. For $216 per month (the monthly payment for a car loan) I could pay for six homeless children in India to go to school until they are 18 years old. They would learn how to read, write, do mathematics, and by sending them to a Christian school, they would also learn about the salvation that is offered through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
In India it is estimated that there are 10 million children living on the streets with no parents, no family and no one to take care of them. Many of these children are used for cheap labor. But some organizations take in these children and give them love and an education through donations from people like me and you.
Treasures in heaven or treasures on earth? If I were to purchase the fancy, cool sports car, I would have something in my garage that will eventually start to rust. But if I choose instead to sacrifice what my heart desires and instead do what God desires, when I get to heaven I might very well, find those 6 grown children there. And it might be that they are in heaven as a direct result of the Christian education that I paid for. The six of them and myself would be best friends for eternity.
Which should I choose? A sports car that will rust in a few years, or an eternity of fun and laughter with best friends?
Photo credit: flickr Creativ Commons, 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 by Alden Jewell
Photo credit: flickr Creativ Commons, Smile of Adversity by Dhilung Kirat