Anyone who has ever owned a car knows about the problem of rust. Within a few short years, the beautiful gleaming vehicle that you bought with your hard–earned money has turned into a decaying pile of scrap.
It’s not just cars that deteriorate. The same applies to any wealth or goods we may build up. It only takes a thief or a financial crisis for them to become worthless.
In the West, some people have seen their pensions become valueless or have suffered them being stolen. In some countries, hyper–inflation makes money completely worthless.
The Bible offers a wonderful alternative. Jesus said “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.”
Jesus gives us the opportunity to build up something of real value, something guaranteed by God who is in heaven. God has promised that He will send Jesus back to the earth, to set up a kingdom ruled by God’s laws. Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom of God.
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Jesus explained that heavenly treasure should be our priority in life. He spoke about loving God and loving our neighbour. This will give us treasure that will never decay - a place in God’s kingdom.
When Jesus returns our worldly goods will be of little use to us. But how much of our energy do we waste on building up treasure that rusts away? God wants us to follow His commandments and in return offers us the richest reward we could ever imagine – eternal life in a perfect world.