Q. In several of your articles and answers to questions, you’ve suggested that by putting all our resources to work for God’s benefit in this life, we’ll be creating greater benefit for ourselves in the next life. What exactly do you mean by that?
A. When you net it all out, whatever wealth we’re given here is intended to be passed along to further the Lord’s work here on Earth. The conditions are that we give without expectation of repayment, but out of gratitude for what we’ve already received. When we do that, three thing happen;
1. The generosity of our giving will be matched by the generosity of God’s blessing to us in the here and now (Luke 6:38)
2. Giving generously in the present will bring us the resources to be even more generous in the future (2 Cor. 9:11)
3. Our unselfish giving here will result in treasure of some nature being stored up for us in heaven for our use when we get there. (Matt. 6:19-21)
No one knows exactly what this treasure will be, since everything will be so much different there than it is here. We just know that these are promises from God who cannot lie. Like it is with everything else where the Lord’s concerned, we just have to exercise our faith and take the first step to get things started.