The Ultimate Retirement Plan
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasure 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.” Matthew 6:19-20
I have invested for years in the 403b plan offered through the church that I work for. The volatility of the stock market these last several years has made the experience of watching my account akin to a roller coaster ride. The only certainty of the market has been its constant uncertainty.
I am so happy today that my future is not wrapped up in a 403b plan or my bank statement. My hope and certainty is in the person of Jesus Christ. The troubles of this world could easily eat away all the money that we have worked so hard to save but nothing can take away the eternity and future that Jesus gave me when I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. I am glad today that nothing can take me out of His hand.
He promised in John 14 that He would prepare a place for me in Heaven. In fact, He promised in that passage that He would prepare a mansion for me. Matthew 6:20 tells us that this is a retirement that cannot be taken away or lost. I pray that each of us will seek to “lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven.”
The real treasures of our lives have nothing to do with money. The treasures that I will have in Heaven will be the people who I helped lead to Jesus and those who are in the faith that God used me to encourage and help grow. I want to continue to hunt heavenly treasure as long as I live. I want to be able daily to experience the power of God on my life and not be concerned with material things.
In reality, I do not ever want to retire from serving the Lord. I am motivated to be used of God to impact people for His Kingdom. The greatest joys that I have had in this lifetime have been seeing other people experience the power of God on their lives. I regularly tell people that leading a large Christian school is very rewarding. However, what gets me up in the morning has never been Algebra or Chemistry. What gets me up in the morning and off to work is the possibility of seeing a young person give their life to Jesus Christ.
What gets you up in the morning? What motivates you? What are you working towards? Is it some retirement goal or is it the possibility of Heavenly treasure? I love how the great evangelist Billy Graham puts this dilemma in perspective when he says:
“The great question of our time is, ‘Will we be motivated by materialistic philosophy or by spiritual power?’”