Elizabeth Fedde, deaconess, 1921
"Here's What You Should Spend Your Money On"
“Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone they will welcome you to an eternal home.” Luke 16: 9
The best use of your money is using it to get people into heaven. Remember Jesus talking about the shrewd manager. His hope was that friendship would create the opportunity for him to receive help. We get a little different slant from Jesus. He want us to create friendships so that we can help others be eternal friends.
We’re not talking about buying your way into heaven. You can’t because Jesus has already paid for your entrance. Salvation is a free gift. What Jesus is saying is build up friendships that can last for eternity by sharing faith.
Helping people gives you the opportunity to talk about Jesus. You just might be the person who helps somebody else learn about Him. Just imagine greeting all those who you had helped to go to heaven. It was your generosity and care that enabled them to know Jesus.
So are you helping people right now so that they might spend time with you in heaven? You might wonder how you can help? Perhaps by buying a Bible for someone who doesn’t have one or paying for someone to receive assistance in some way.
Perhaps you donate to an organization that does mission work in a far distant land. When you help the church you’re building up treasure in heaven. That is the highest and best use of money.
You probably all remember the words “You can’t take it with you,” which is very true, but you can send it ahead with the people you have helped get into heaven. That will be a blessing to them and to you.
Peace in the Lord,