‘One thing you lack, (…) go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.’ Mark 10:21
Jesus once said: ‘For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’ (Matthew 6:21). Wealth can be a blessing, but also a curse. And Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!’ This word of Jesus makes us realize that wealth is a curse rather than a blessing. Keeping the commandments of God evidently cannot redeem us from the curse of riches, or else Jesus would not have told the rich man: ‘Sell everything you have…’ For his wealth stood in his way to obtain a treasure in heaven.
After all, our heart can just be in one place: either on earth or in heaven. Everything that ties us to earth, prevents us from dwelling in the heavenly realms. Either we enter the kingdom of God now, here on earth, or never! If we would only enter the kingdom of God in the hereafter, the possession of riches would not be in our way, for we cannot take our money with us in the hereafter. The rich man went away sad, for he was stuck to his earthly possessions.
Do you feel ill when your car is scratched? Do you refuse to offer any help in the street, because your new suit might get dirty? Do you lack time to serve God, because your evenings are filled with studying for a higher position?
Only when the Holy Spirit can convince us that all our earthly wealth richly provides us to do good - to be generous and willing to share - then we will be able to use our possessions to be rich in good deeds, and in this way lay up treasure as a firm foundation for the coming age (Timothy 6:17-19).