«Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also» (Matthew 6:20, 21).
A MODERN PARABLE SAYS that a man who did not have much money faithfully gave his tithes and offerings every week and every month from his small income. Meanwhile, the man who sat beside him on the bench in church each Sabbath had a lot of money, but did not return the tithe on all he earned, and his offerings were practically symbolic. When the two men, who belonged to the same denomination, arrived in heaven, an angel took each of them to the houses that had been assigned to them. The man who had been generous in his earthly life went to live in an impressive mansion, while the one who had been stingy with his resources here on earth received a simple little house with nothing out of the ordinary.
«How is it possible that you have given me such a small house?’ he asked the angel.
«You see, the criteria for building houses here in heaven is the generosity that the person showed while living on earth.»
This introduction is a pretext for presenting a topic of great importance from the biblical point of view: our faithfulness to God in the management of our resources.
There is «an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you» (1 Peter 1:4), and the prospect of that inheritance should encourage us to be generous with our resources here on this earth so that they contribute to leading many other people to salvation. was the vision the early Christians had, and that we should also have.
We read in Acts 2:44-47: «Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.» I know that we live in completely different times, and that this exact scenario would not be feasible, but it is a call to be generous with our resources for the growth of God’s work. Where your treasure is, there is your heart.