Am I intentionally storing up lasting treasures in heaven rather than just temporary pleasures here?
19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, 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
Jim Elliot was an evangelical Christian who was one of five missionaries killed while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador, in 1956.
Before becoming a full time missionary, Jim met a friend named Ed McCully at Wheaton College. Ed was brilliant and gifted as an orator and had plans on being a lawyer. Jim felt led to challenge him to see that his talents and gifts came from God and to consider using them as a missionary. Jim told Ed that if he became a lawyer, he would be doing what someone else could easily do, but that not many people were answering God’s call for missions. Jim and Ed, along with three others, lost their life for Christ, after being speared to death by the Huaorani Indians on Jan 8th 1956. To this day, their sacrifice casts a long shadow and has had a dramatic and encouraging impact on many for the cause of Christ. Jim Elliot’s most famous quote comes from remarks found in his journal after he read Luke 16:9. In it he wrote, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”
Each day, we have an opportunity to consciously remember that our life here will soon end and we will step into eternity. We must live our lives, and invest our time and resources, with this in mind. Fools will stand before Christ on that day, filled with dread over the reality of what they missed by living for the here and now. Ask God to help you increasingly walk with an eternal mindset, and for his empowering grace, so you can walk and invest your life wisely, and according to His will.