If there is one thing that is certain is that things are never certain. We are watching things unfold in our economy that makes us nervous. The most prosperous nation in the world is watching our financial institutions spin out of control. The only answer: a government bailout. I am not here to talk about the political aspect of this but, I am here to say that if we do not fix the underlying problems of greed, there will only have to be other bailouts. What I would like to prove, however, is that these financial institutions are not secure. Our economy is not secure. The dollar is not secure. The stock market is not secure.
We must have investments, it is wise stewardship of what God gives us. We should seek to save and gain increase as long as we do not become full of greed. The pursuit of wealth and gain can lead us to focusing only on that and putting our pursuit of God to the side.
The truth of the matter is that in this world, nothing is secure. Our finances could be gone tomorrow. In a neighboring city next to us, they were almost completely wiped out in Hurricane Ike. As you drive through you see people’s possessions stacked next to the road. Our possessions are not secure.
Jesus spoke of this in His sermon on the mount:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
What are we laying up for? Are we seeking to build our kingdom here with no thought for our eternal kingdom? Where is our heart? God wants to bless us, but if our hearts are bent on gain, we will be misguided. Jesus is cautioning people to not get wrapped up in the pursuit of prosperity. In fact, He reminds us that those things are not secure. They fade, rust and get stolen away. We should rather, seek to lay up treasures in the Kingdom of Heaven. Work for His glory. Seek to grow closer to Him and give your life away for the glory of His Kingdom.
Friend, the only thing sure in this life is Jesus Christ. The Bank of Heaven will never go under and God will never need a government bailout.