In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:19 (NIV).
A spiritual savings account, storing up savings in the bank of Jesus. Or maybe like Monsters, Inc. I’m not sure those analogies completely work, but let’s explore them for the moment. Paul is talking about commanding people to do good deeds for the Kingdom with the resources (usually money) that God gives them. Here he says one reason why.
You’ve heard it before: God doesn’t need our good deeds. But He wants them. Our good deeds don’t earn us a trip to heaven, but Jesus asks us to do them anyway. Our deeds don’t make us righteous because only Jesus can do that, but He asks us to do them for each other anyway. God’s accounting of our sins (and our good deeds) is declared “paid in full” by Jesus on Calvary, yet God requests that we use our time, talents, and treasures to serve His kingdom and each other.
When we do, we make Him smile. He stores them up. We make it so that He’s excited for us to join Him in the afterlife. He sees His Spirit living out through our hearts and He is gladdened. That place Jesus prepares for us in the beyond looks even more inviting. Think of it as waxing your car, as a brand new shiny finish to reflect the beautiful Son. When we start (today) to live in ways that share our gifts with others, we are taking hold of that eternity now that awaits us in forever. He remembers our sins no more while celebrating the love behind our good deeds always. This He remembers…because of Jesus.
Sort of like Monsters, Inc. You know the Disney movie, where (near the end) the little girl, Boo, laughs and it stores up so much energy in the monsters’ batteries that it can’t be contained. Before that, only fear could produce power. After that, fear never could. We’re storing up love energy in heaven while putting it to work here today.
All because of Jesus. It’s like that spiritual savings account that pays some massive dividends.
Know what the best part is? This is why Jesus took hold of us. He loved, died, and rose for us so that He might store up His love justice treasure in our lives and put it to work here so that others would know more of Him, then that more of us would join Him in the hereafter. He chose you because of your unique gifts to do your part, and when you do, He recognizes it. The account is credited to you. The laugh batteries are filled.
For further reading: John 14:3, Matthew 6:20, Philippians 3:12, 1 Timothy 6:13-21.
Loving Savior, You are magnificent! Use me today to share Your love through my living. Thank You for this privilege!