“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:34)
How do we spend our days? We are all investing ourselves in one thing or another. Who is our investment counselor? The wise man gives his present assets to that which will give him a healthy return on his investment. Moses, the man of God, prayed: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Ps. 90:12)
The man who has wisely applied his heart to the things which outlast this life, will find a rich treasure awaiting him in heaven. He will also have left a rich legacy to those who remain on the earth. “The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” (Prov. 20:7)
Why are there families of musicians, artists, doctors, craftsmen? We pass on our passions. Our children see our heart. They know what we’re investing our time, energy, and resources in. They also want something worth giving their lives to.
There are many options in life, but we inevitably take the path of our passions. Our investments on earth may have brought us great earthly treasure; but “what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36) Solomon looked back on his life and wished it would have been better spent. As a weary old man, his advice was this: “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them” (Eccl. 12:1) His many words about God were not enough to spark his children to serve God. His passions left a greater imprint. His son, Rehoboam, inherited his vain pursuit for building things, but had little heart for the Creator.
How blessed it is to leave this life, not only knowing that a rich treasure awaits us in heaven, but also knowing we have left a rich legacy upon earth. Our hearts continue to beat in those who have seen the investments of our life and want to follow in our footsteps. Not only for your own sake, but for the sake of your children: invest wisely.