Are There Money Bags in Heaven?

 

“Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.” (Lk.12:33) 

Jesus didn’t tell His disciples to sell everything they had and give alms. The New Testament records Jesus going to homes, being supported by people, some who were rich, the church meeting in houses, and so on, which proves that Christians did have possessions. Some even had slaves.

Jesus didn’t say that disciples should not have possessions. However, He discouraged them to be possessive of things in this world.

In His commission to the 70, He told them not to carry money bags (Lk.10:4); for He was yet with them. But, before His arrest and trial, He asked His disciples to carry a money purse (Lk.22:36), for He was being taken away.

Yet, He warned them against covetousness and materialistic worries that are acts of anti-faith (Lk.12:15; Matt.6:31-34).

In the Millennium, and in God’s Kingdom, there are no money bags like we have on earth, and there are no shops or financial businesses. However, there certainly are money bags that don’t grow old and treasures that are everlasting; otherwise, Jesus wouldn’t have asked us to prepare or store these. These wallets and saving deposits are more important and crucial.

The first treasure is our own soul, because, our soul is something that will continue beyond death. Jesus asked what a man gains if he obtains the whole world but loses his own soul. Peter instructed believers to guard against lusts that war against the soul. In a materialistic age, people pay lot of attention to the health of their bodies. But, it is even of greater value to care for our souls. Lazarus was not able to care for his sore-filled body. But, his soul was received in paradise. Each one needs to save his own soul by following Christ.

The second treasure is our works. Paul said that in the last day, our works will be tested by fire. The works that remain will be rewarded. But, the works that are burnt will be lost.

“Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” (1Cor.3:12-17)

Also, those who are unfaithful and sluggish will be removed from God’s presence. For, though we are saved by faith, faith without works is dead, and we will be judged according to our works.

So, it is of utmost importance to watch after our souls and be diligent and faithful in the work God has assigned to us.

The third kind of treasures are works of kindness and charity that we do.

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (1Tim.6:17-19)

God is not a debtor to anyone, and he who gives to the poor lends to the Lord. (Prov. 19:17; 22:9)

The fourth is the pure gold of God refined in fire. It is something that we need to buy from God Himself.

“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (Rev.3:18)

This is the desire for God Himself and His holiness and the right perspective that comes from an intimate and genuine relationship with Him. Anything else, or in addition to Him, is corruption.

The Bible tells us that God’s word is pure and precious and more to be desired than gold (Psa.12:6; 19:10). It tells us to let the word of Christ dwell richly in us (Col.3:16). Christ said that if we dwell in Him and His words dwell in us, then we shall ask what we desire and it shall be given to us (Jn.15:7).

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The Money Worshipper’s Psalm

PSALM FOR THE ONE WHOSE GOD IS MONEY
A psalm of Mammon.
MONEY is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
It makes me lie down in cozy beds, it leads me by noisy clubs, it restores my flesh.
It guides me in paths of money-making for its name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your notes and your coins, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my fawners.
You anoint my head with worry; my cup overflows.
Surely fear and hypocrisy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of discontentment forever.

Drachma and Denarius

1 Drachma was the daily wage of a skilled laborer (Greek Currency)
1 Denarius was the daily wage of an unskilled laborer (Roman Currency)

1 piece of silver (Tetradrachm) equaled 4 drachmas; thus, Judas’ 30 tetradrachms equaled 120 drachmas or 4 months’ (120 days’) labor wages of a skilled laborer.

*According to Labor Dept of Delhi government, the minimum wages per day of a skilled laborer is Rs.423; of unskilled laborer, Rs.348, but could be higher than this minimum rate.

Sowing Money and Goods to the Spirit (Gal.6:7-9)

“He who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” (Gal 6:8)

This speaks in relation to giving to the Lord. Verse 7 instructs us to assist full-time Christian workers and teachers in the ministry by sharing in all good things. Verse 9 tells us to do good to all, esp to the family of believers, whenever we have opportunity to help (and opportunity is precious, the season of sowing). The call is to sow into the kingdom of God in order reap incorruptible harvest. It doesn’t say, “Sow your money in order to get a harvest of money!” NO. Rather, it says that he who sows to his flesh (who spends money only on his own personal, family, and business needs) will reap corruption (because everything in this world will be destroyed); but, he who sows to the Spirit, to the work of the Spirit, with faith in the spiritual, for spiritual purposes, to assist the work of God, will of the Spirit reap everlasting life, will have treasures in heaven. Also, He multiplies the seed that we sow today into His Kingdom, so that we have abundance always in order to give to the Lord (2Cor.9:8-11). God is not indebted to anyone; He pays back (Prov.19:17). We must be careful here because it is seen that some ministries are abusing this scripture by calling out people to “sow seed money” into their ministries, promising that God will double or multiply that money. This shifts our focus from the spiritual to the flesh. It plays on human selfishness and greed, the works of flesh; and carnal people fall into this snare. We must remember that we are pilgrims here and our hope is in Christ in heaven. Also, remember it is important first to clear our debts to humans before we try to desire to bring an offering to God (Lk.19:8,9; Matt.5:23,24; Rom.13:7,8). Finally, to “share in all good things” is not just about money; it includes all good things needed in the Kingdom business. Also, when one gives and wants everybody to know what or how much he has given, he has lost his heavenly reward (Matt.6:1-4).

Charitable Loan Vs Commercial and Luxury Loans

There is a difference between charitable loan and the other kinds of loans.

A charitable loan is loan lent to the poor. Interests cannot be demanded on them. The loan is charitable (Exo.22:25)

A commercial loan is a loan that someone takes in order to invest it into property or business. The money is expected to multiply through such investment and accrue profit. Interest rates are applicable to such loans.

A luxury loan is loan taken in order to purchase things of luxury, not things of need (e.g. HDTV, Cars, etc). Usually, the goods purchased there by either get used up (eaten up) or fall into depreciation, other conditions remaining the same.

All loan involves some surety or collateral of some kind, in proportion to which faith and value the loan is lent.

The Bible prohibits staying in debt (Rom.13:8) and not returning what is due to the other (Psa.37:21).

In the Old Testament, failure to repay could end one up in slavery (Deuteronomy 15:12-18).

However, the Bible does encourage charitable loans. In fact, in the New Testament, the rule is intense: one ought not to expect a return, especially if the loan was to aid the poor (Matt.5:42; Luke 14:12-14). However, Jesus showed that it is not unwise to lend to bankers (investors) who could multiply the money and repay it with interest (Matt.25:26).

See Also
Usury, Interet, and Loans (Gary North)
Ten Principles on Money for All Full-Time Workers (Zac Poonen)
Slavery (Marbaniang)
Few Principles of Financial Prosperity (Marbaniang)