"What If We Could Take It With Us?" Part 2
“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” (1 Timothy 6:18)
Why? Well, while we cannot take our money and stuff with us, our ‘good deeds’ are investments which pay dividends in this life and in the life to come.
When we do good and generous things our brains reward us by making us feel better about ourselves and the world. As we express our gratitude to God for true life as we do good and share generously, God rewards us through our a built-in reward system. Doing good and being generous with your time and money is good and good for you.
But, our good deeds, generosity and sharing are also investments for the future. They are a ‘firm foundation for the coming age.’ (1 Timothy 6:19) What’s more, we are promised that as we leave this world and enter the world to come, that is, when we die, here’s what happens to all the good, generous, sharing investments made on this earth. We are blessed when we die because our deeds will follow us. “’Yes’, says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.’” (Rev. 14:13)
That’s right, you can take it with you. Not money and stuff, but your good deeds. They are in the U-Haul which the angels drive behind you as you enter the next life. Salvation comes by grace through faith, all gifts from God, that is for sure. But, the reward we experience will be far greater for those who heed the admonition to be rich in good deeds on this life’s journey.
The richer we are in good deeds during this life, the richer when we will be as we enter our divine rest.
May the angels need to rent a semi-trailer to carry your investments down heaven’s highway, and may Jesus prepare a place for you which is large enough to store your reward for eternity.