Hearses Don't Tow U-hauls

"Lay not up for your selves trea sures upon earth, where moth and rust doth cor rupt, and where thieves break through and steal:” Matthew 6:19

Thousands of years ago, in Egypt, rich, powerful pharaohs prepared for their burial ahead of their death. They sought and hired some of the wisest mathematicians, architects, masons, and engineers. Detailed precise plans were designed. Different locations were examined, and finally the right spot was surveyed. The construction was begun.

Thousands of men and women were engaged for the mammoth task. Many were slaves. Stonecutters were set to task to provide one to ten ton granite blocks. The stones were slid along cobbled roadways or brought in by barges. It was a grueling task. Many died from the heat, lack of food, and from tragedies in handling the massive blocks.

Each block was transported to the building site. Slowly, with much care, the blocks were put in their precise, designed-for position. Block after block was hoisted by the sweat of many workers. It was a tedious work of many, many years.

At last the work was done. The tomb of the Pharaoh was completed. The pyramid was a marvel of precision. Blocks, without mortar, were laid so close together that not even a matchbook cover could be placed between many of their joints.

The Pharaoh looked upon it with his age-dimmed eyes, knowing that one day he would be buried in a hidden room amidst the tons of granite. Finally, the Pharaoh died. His corpse was specially prepared with herbs, ointments, and linen wrappings. His prearranged orders were carried out.

The Pharaoh’s body, his faithful servants, wives, pets, and many of his prized possessions were sealed, sometimes alive, with him in the tomb. He believed that in a next life he would be able to enjoy all his earthy treasures. To this day, his treasures are still there, if they had not been plundered by thieves or taken away to the museums. He found out too late, as will many millions; that no matter the provision, one cannot take anything from this life into the next.

If people have trusted in the shed blood of Jesus Christ for their salvation, they have the promise of Heaven, but what will they find awaiting them in heaven? Their earthly treasures will be left behind where the moths will consume them, will decay by rust, or be taken by thieves or family relatives.

After a person is saved, he has a responsibility to live and serve the Lord. In doing so, he will be rewarded for what he has done for the Lord.  Serving the Lord in this life is sending our “treasures” ahead to the heavenly bank account where it will be appreciated later — when we spend eternity there.
“But lay up for your selves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” Mat. 6:20

If you are saved, what have you deposited into your heavenly account? You cannot take this world’s treasures with you when you leave this life. The Hearse that drives you to your final resting place will not have a trailer-hitch to take your valuables with you. Now, while you still have a breath, is the time to send your “treasures” ahead, where they will draw heavenly interest rates.

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This article was featured in The Bible View #78.

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