Yes, I do. I REALLY DO believe there is heaven. I’m totally convinced of it. 100%! No doubt. Really! How about you? Do you believe there is a heaven? I’m aware that most of my readers are Christians, so it’s easy to assume that if you are reading this you are indeed a Christian. Therefore it would probably be safe to say that you probably believe there is a heaven.
But how much do you really believe it? Are you willing to make a little wager? What? Some of you now have eyes about to bug out of your head. You can’t believe a pastor is talking about betting? Well, calm down. I’m not talking about betting. I’m talking about investing. Isn’t it true that we put our money where our mouth is?
If we believe something is valuable and we want it, then we’ll spend the buck for it won’t we. So, let me ask the question again. Do we really believe there is a heaven? If the answer is yes, then are we “putting our money where our mouth is?”
The truth is, how we spend our money is the greatest barometer of what we really believe in and value isn’t it? So, let’s think about this from a spiritual perspective. If we believe there is a heaven and we believe the words of Jesus when He said, “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust does not destroy,” and “where your treasure is, there will be your heart also,” then we should be making investments there, right?
Well, how do we do this? Well quite honestly that’s between you and the Lord. But, we need to be honest about it. We can’t say we are giving to the kingdom of God to buy a new outfit to wear to church. 🙂 Or we can’t say, we’re going to buy a new van because it will help haul some people to church (our kids). 🙂
I know sometimes people get a little upset with me when I say that the American concept of “retirement” doesn’t exist in most of the rest of the world, and you won’t find the concept in Scripture. But, the truth is that we desire comfort, security and ease, (so much so in our culture), that we’ll put more in our 401-k’s than the Kingdom’s work. Why? Well…could it be that we really don’t believe there is a heaven or that we really don’t believe in the Word of God? Truth is, we might not want to admit it, but our actions reveal what we believe. I’ll say that again: our actions reveal what we believe.
So, what do we believe? Do we believe that life is all about getting a good education so we can get a good job, so we can make a lot of money, so we can have a big 401-k, so we can retire and get up late, travel the world, play golf and just “hang out,” because we deserve it? Or is life really about Jesus and the Kingdom to come? Is it true the we are just pilgrims passing through? Is it that we are to be ambassadors for the Gospel and to “go” and make disciples of all nations. Isn’t the work of the Kingdom and shouldn’t the work of the Kingdom be our highest priority? And if it is our highest priority, then shouldn’t our check book and bank statements reflect that priority? I think so.
Now, I hasten to say, my family and I aren’t perfect in this. I know if we wanted to go to extremes, we could sell our house and live in a tent and eat off of a milk crate (honestly, I think I could do that if I weren’t married and had no children). But, is that what the Lord is asking us to do? Probably not. But, if He did, could we do it? Would we do it?
You know, I’m being as honest as I can be when I say that it’s a joy for me and my family to give our time and money to the Kingdom and to work for the Kingdom. In fact “giving” for our family to the Kingdom work is a priority. So much so that we have little “savings” and we cashed out our 401-k a long time ago. We adopted two children in the process and since then Clara has received Christ as her Savior. Is this kingdom business? We believe so. We also believe in missions and the work of our church in reaching souls. Therefore, we have committed a large percentage of our money to various work through our local church. We also support local missions through other organizations and local ministries. Why? Because we really believe Jesus is giving us the best investment advice in the world…”store up your treasures in heaven.”
So, the Browns REALLY DO believe there is a heaven and I pray we will continue to place our security and trust in the Lord and not the things of this world. Will we? Well, the proof will be in the check register and the day planner. 🙂