This past Sunday I visited a local Lutheran church. My heart was warmed as I was greeted by Ruth, an older member of the congregation. Ruth welcomed me and explained the procedure to participate in Holy Communion. She extended to me hospitality as I waited for the service to begin.
As I looked around the sanctuary, I noticed that many of the congregants were older adults, appearing well into their seventies and beyond. Before the service began, I thought a few moments about the amount of Spiritual wealth an individual may gain as they have travelled through their lives in this often difficult and sometimes dangerous environment we call Earth. Many of these individuals have seen hardship, pain, and heartbrokenness in their lives, yet here they are, diligently seated in the House of God, eager to worship as a community of believers.
Just as a financial advisor may recommend a savings plan in monetary terms to save for their retirement, many Christians start out with a small nest-egg of Spiritual awareness. With the help of our Lord, this small investment in time and heart can grow into a Spiritual fortune with enough love and edification to share, just as Ruth shared with me. That small, mustard seed sized kernel can grow into a tree of beautiful Spiritual foliage.
By the time an individual reaches their advanced years, they have had many, many opportunities to grow and mature as Christians. It is the pluckiest of Christians who take advantage of these opportunities to advance their Christian wealth and assure a comfort in their relationship with Jesus Christ, a Divine and privileged comfort. It is never too early, or never too late, to invest. Christ is not locked up behind the doors of an immense vault, the vault is open, and Christ is eager to share His riches.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth, where it grows rusty and moth-eaten, and thieves break in to steal it. Store up treasure in heaven, where there is not moth and no rust to spoil it, no thieves to break in and steal. For where your wealth is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)