How much are you worth? I mean, how much money do you have in the bank? What is the value of your portfolio? How much do you make? These are the standards by which most people judge the value of their life. I received a financial management newsletter from a Christian organization recently. It often contains good information and advice given from a Biblical perspective. Included in this issue was a short article on Unclaimed Money. Did you know that just in the state of PA there is $1.5 BILLION in unclaimed property. In 2008 $86 million was returned to the residents of our state. Now extend that to the other 49 states and you have a huge sum of money just sitting there waiting for people to claim. Would you like to know how to check to see if any of it belongs to you? I thought you might – go to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators website at www.naupa.org and follow the directions.
To bad there’s not an organization called the Universal Association of Unclaimed Spiritual Treasures with a website that lists all of the treasures that each of us are letting sit in an unclaimed account somewhere. It’s website could be www.uaust.heaven (don’t click on that – it won’t work!). In Matthew 6 Christ makes it clear that eternal treasures are vastly more important than earthly treasures. Listen to His familiar words: do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but 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 6:19-21).
Are there treasures (read people) that are sitting, just waiting for you to claim as your heavenly treasure? People who need to hear the gospel. People whose hearts God has prepared, who are just waiting for you to tell them the good news? Could you be claiming them as your heavenly treasure? I’ll bet that most of you are going to check to see if you have any unclaimed property somewhere just waiting for you (I did! – None!). But how many will make an effort today to send some treasure on ahead for eternity? Do we give the same effort to storing up spiritual treasure that we give to finding earthly treasures? We should.
The type of treasures that we value says something about the condition of our hearts.
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