Two men had just walked through the gates of heaven to see a sign that said: “GET YOUR TREASURES HERE”. They both jumped in line to see what they would receive.
The first man walks up to the desk and the clerk asks, “What was your name on earth?” He replied “Modest Jones”. The Clerk takes a look in his record book for the name and finds it. He looks up with a smile and says, because of all the great things you did on earth, here are your treasures. Modest was just in awe of how big his tower of treasure was and just fell to the floor with thankfulness.
The second man, full of excitement, knew that he did great things on earth, so started to look around at all the big piles of treasure to see which one was his. The clerk asked: “Can I get your name on earth?” The man replied, “My name is Chuck Deeds, but they call me Mr. Deeds.”
The clerk looks through his book to find “Chuck Deeds”, and after his eyes made contact with the name, pulls out a little box and gives it to him. Confused at how small his treasure was, he asked “Why does Modest get all that treasure when my whole life I worked hard at doing great deeds? I lived up to my name and all I get is a small box?”
The clerk looked at his paper and then looks back at Mr. Deeds and says “You are right, you did do many great deeds, but you have already received all your rewards on earth from man. Every time you boasted about what you did, you got your accolades and people saw all your great works and gave you praises.”
Chuck with total disappointment, “What about Modest? How come he got such a big stack of treasure?”
The clerk replied, “Those times Modest helped somebody, he didn’t seek attention and did it without anybody knowing. Those occasions that he volunteered his time, he did it joyfully not looking for attention. When He would donate money or tithe, nobody knew because it was unto the Lord, not out of attention and praise. His treasure was stored here in heaven while you got yours when you talked about all your good deeds and desired the attention of man.”
Speechless, Chuck Deeds thanked him for the small little box and walked into eternity.
We are all guilty of wanting attention from man, but when we do that, we take the attention and credit that God deserves and put it on us. We must live a life trusting God and doing things unto the Lord without expecting the glory. When we can have joy that God is glorified, we can be happy without accolades.
So here are some questions to ponder:
“Why do I do what I do?”
Is my motive to build our own Kingdom? Or to build God’s Kingdom?
Will we have a stack of treasures when we enter heaven to lay down at the feet of Jesus Christ?
Or have we already taken all our treasures from man here on earth?
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.