Have you heard, “You can’t take it with you?”

I am beginning to believe that’s wrong.  Yes, you cannot take it with you if it’s an idol, or you cling to it, or you lust after it, but if you are stewarding God’s things, God’s money, God’s stuff, yes you can take it with you.  It’s simply a matter of transferring it to your heavenly account.  When we enter another country we go to the money changer and exchange our former home country’s currency for the new country’s money. When we check in at that pearly gates we will go to the angel in the ‘Currency Changer’ booth to exchange the things we’ve stewarded for Jesus on earth into heavenly rewards.

Jesus clarifies, Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:19-21

So you can take it with you, it’s just that what you take needs to be in a convertible currency.  How are you doing in your stewardship of your monies, time and possessions?

PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for over 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.

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