Mrs. Jones didn’t want anyone to make a fuss over her inheritance when she died, so she made a provision in her will which would effectively eliminate any confusion. Her estate would not be divided between her friends or relatives, but it would be literally left to the dogs. The canines Bozo, Dolly, and Skippy were entitled to everything. The dogs were to be well-fed, groomed, and housed for the rest of their lives through the huge inheritance which had been passed on to them. In the event of their death, the remaining funds in the estate were to go to the local Baptist church. It’s a good thing Mrs. Jones had her priorities right.
I don’t know if these dogs ever performed any heroic deeds of rescue. They were probably not service dogs which assisted the elderly or infirmed. I am certain they never spared anyone from the flames of Hell. Mrs. Jones’ church did all of these things. The problem is that her heart wasn’t there.
“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Jesus’ words are as true today as when He first uttered them 2,000 years ago. Though no one can see our hearts, they become visible through the daily decisions we make with our money. Are we pursuing worldly goods or treasures in Heaven? A quick look at our checkbooks will reveal the truth.
Where is your treasure, Christian? It’s true that we can’t take our riches with us. But through the wise stewardship of our finances, we can make investments in eternity. You can support missionaries overseas, leave a percentage of your estate to your church, purchase Heaven tracts and distribute them abroad, or even use your money to go on a mission trip. But the choice is yours. Would you say your treasure is in Heaven? Then put your money where your mouth is today.
When a man dies, he clutches in his hands only that which he has given away during his lifetime. — Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.