Treasure That Can Never Be Stolen
By: Pastor Naofumi Nozawa - 9/30/12
Someone is either eating a lot of pancakes and waffles or getting real rich! In August, the Wall Street Journal reported that 30 million Canadian dollars worth (30.4 million USD) of maple syrup was stolen from Canada’s maple syrup reserve warehouse. I don’t know about you, but this is an unusual piece of news for me. How in the world do you steal $30 million worth of maple syrup? We hear of robbers robbing a bank, stealing money, gold, silver, expensive jewelry, but maple syrup? I can’t imagine how these robbers transported all the maple syrup without things getting messy or sticky should I say? I am sure this was not done just because someone couldn’t afford some syrup for their pancakes that morning; this was a strategic, well-planned heist.
Nothing is safe in this world, not even maple syrup. We could keep our money in the bank, but isn’t money just a bunch of paper. It can turn into garbage overnight once the market decides that there’s no value in it. Gold and silver can easily be stolen or lose its value. You could lose your house, cars, and all your possessions in a natural disaster like an earthquake or hurricane. In this world, nothing is 100% guaranteed.
In the book of Matthew 6:19-21, 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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Jesus said it 2000 years ago, and I think this statement is so true. What’s the point of storing all our possessions here on earth?
I once attended a Christian finance seminar; the presenter said, “The best investment is investing in heaven.” We may think CD is a safe investment. We try to create a portfolio that will give us the highest return. While this is true to a certain degree, it’s only that…it’s true to a certain degree, it’s not guaranteed. As a Christian, I believe that investing in heaven gives the highest guaranteed return. Can we truly sacrifice for God? Sacrifice our time, energy, financial resources, and human resources to invest in souls who could be eternally saved. Isn’t this worth more?
Let us invest in heaven, where our treasure is 100% guaranteed safe. It is indeed the best use of the resources that the Lord has given us.
George-Cosh, David. "Quebec Whodunit: 1/4 of Province’s Syrup Reserves Go Missing." WSJ.com. Wall Street Journal, 31 Aug. 2012. Web. 30 Sept. 2012. <http://blogs.wsj.com/canadarealtime/2012/08/31/quebec-whodunit-14-of-provinces-syrup-reserves-go-missing/>.