Treasure On Earth Or in Heaven?

Q. I love your articles and find such encouragement here.  I have a question about “storing up treasure”.  I’ve asked so many different Christians about preparing for the hard times ahead and have received as many different answers.  Most people think we are to be good stewards of our money and invest and save to take care of our families.  Others think the Lord will take care of them completely.  Some think a combination of the two.  I personally, do not have time or brains to investigate different investments and watch them.  I’d rather spend my time in the Bible, but I do want to do what the Lord said.  Searching the scriptures, I don’t find store up in barns and banks, I can only find “take no thought for your life, what you will eat, drink, etc.”  My husband is not a believer, so I can’t take the 401K out and give it away, but I’d like to.  What should I do?

A. You’re correct in saying that the Lord never admonished us to rely on the things of this world for our security.  He spoke very clearly when He said,

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matt. 6:31-33)

But in your case He also had Paul say,

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. (Ephes. 5:22-24)

You’re only responsible for doing what you can, and it’s the motive of your heart that really counts.  You can seek first His kingdom, and as for storing up treasure you can do what’s within your power without being disobedient. That’s all He asks of you.

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