There was once a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money, and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So, he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.
An angel hears his plea and appears to him, “Sorry, but you can’t take your wealth with you.”
The man implores the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules.
The man continued to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.
Soon afterward, the man dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter. Seeing the suitcase, Peter says, “Hold on, you can’t bring that in here!”
But the man explains to him that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough, St. Peter checks and comes back saying, “You’re right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I’m supposed to check its contents before letting it through.”
Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and exclaims, “You brought pavement?”
As the story goes to show, our greatest treasure on earth is of like rags on the other side. Anyway, we can’t bring any possessions or wealth into Heaven. The Scriptures say this clearly in Job.
[Job] said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Can our attitude be like Job? He lost everything – wealth, health, family and friends but he praised God with every fiber of his being. He believed that everything he had was given graciously by God and not belonging to him. Have you heard the phrase, ‘Easy come, easy go?’ Many people live life with a different phrase: ‘Easy come, hard to go.’ Do you cling on to your personal possessions (money, car, house, Playstation games, toys, wine collections, smart phone) tightly or loosely?
A deeper question would be: Are you investing your life in things that ultimately don’t matter?
Jesus said that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. If you treasure your BMW car, you will spend time taking care of it. If you are not careful, it can distract you from attaining true treasure in Heaven .
Other than our redeemed souls, there’s another treasure that will be brought into Heaven. I believe it is the souls of men and women that we have impacted and saved. How beautiful it would be when you reach Heaven and a stranger gives you a warm hug, thanking you how you impacted her life. Puzzled, you find out that the youth you mentored years ago went on to impact many more lives in another part of the world.
Human lives. Now, that’s something worth investing in for eternity.