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Laying Up Treasure

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. "
Matth.VI:19-21

This passage has often been explained as meaning poverty and renunciation in this life, in order to reap the reward of eternal happiness in the next life. But such is not the true meaning. An understanding and realization of its true meaning, not only saves the soul by establishing it in the Eternal, but it also establishes our every-day life in a state of true and enduring supply of substance. This is so, because we become rooted in Reality: we find the true and only Substance, of which material supply and abundance are but reflections on the screen of time. Our Lord tells us not to lay up for ourselves treasures on earth. This does not mean that we are to possess nothing, in a material sense. We may, or may not, possess anything of this world's goods, and we may be equally free, if our affections are set, and our attention concentrated upon, the Reality that is behind all phenomena and this changing life, and not upon the possession that may or may not be ours.

SEEK THE TRUE SUBSTANCE

There are two reasons why we should seek and find the true Substance, of which outward supply and things are but a reflection, and they are these.

1st: If we put our trust in material riches, then, because of the changeable and precarious nature of this present life our whole thought-life becomes centered upon material things, so that the spiritual life languishes, and our real life (the life of the soul) dies; and then we are dead indeed.

We have all known men who were very happy when they were young and poor. They were joyous Christians, always full of the joy of the Spirit, and they showed it in their face and bearing. But they became remarkably successful in their material affairs; and now 'the cares of this life, and the deceitfulness of riches' have choked the word, and they are spiritually about as dead as the Dodo. Rather pathetically they show us their property and their motor cars, talking to us about everything save the life of the Spirit. They cannot speak about this because they have none: it is dead, killed not by prosperity , hut through setting their heart and mind upon acquiring it, thus neglecting the only Real and True. 'For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.' Concentrating and putting our desire upon material wealth and possessions spells death to the soul, and takes away all the real joy of life; for Mammon is a hard taskmaster. One who allows himself to become immersed in the cares of this world, no matter whether he be rich or poor, successful or unsuccessful, shuts out the Heavenly vision; and not only loses all joy, but becomes as dead as the dead things upon which he concentrates.

If, however, we 'lay up treasures in Heaven', that is, if we desire God, the only true Substance, instead of concentrating upon the fleeting treasures of the material world, we enter into a state of joy such as can only be experienced, for it can never be described. Our spiritual life also grows and flourishes, so that we renew our strength, we mount up with wings as eagles; we are able to run, and not be weary; and walk and not faint. But as for those who do not make this contact with Reality 'even the youths {the strong and well endowed} shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall'. {See Isaiah XI. 29-31) There is every reason then why we should seek God, Reality, the only True Substance. It is so obvious, and of such tremendous importance, overshadowing everything else, that the wonder is that the vast majority of people refuse to take heed, but go on seeking satisfaction in the baubles of life, which really never satisfy, and which only too often elude them, or break in their hands, so that they do not even have the opportunity of enjoying the fleeting delights for which they sacrifice all that is truly worth having.

SECRETS OF HEALTH

There is another aspect of this subject, and this is its relation to health. The cares of this life are destructive to health. Concentrating upon the things of this life, too much, to the exclusion of Divine and Causal things connected with our true life in God, destroys vitality and undermines health. This is why no weakling can win in the terrific struggle for material riches. Millionaires have to be tremendously strong or wiry, physically. Those who strive for wealth in the ordinary way have so many cares and anxieties, and the strain is so terrific, that their health, only too often, is undermined, so that even if success is achieved they find that they have paid too high a price for it.

But this applies to all classes, to the rich and the poor, to the successful and the unsuccessful, to the employer and the employed. All who turn their attention to material things, and do not seek the Reality and the true Substance, are cut off from their true life. Worry, care, anxiety, strain, all these destroy the health, and bring about breakdowns, if not serious diseases. 'But they that wait upon the Lord', (the true Life and Author of Life) 'shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles: they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.'

The second reason why we should lay up treasures in Heaven, i.e. seek and rely upon God. the Eternal Reality and Substance, instead of seeking for, and relying upon material wealth and worldly possessions, is this: When we seek Reality we find the One Source of all supply and abundance. God is the supreme and only Substance, eternal and unchanging. God-Substance can never change, or fail, or pass away. Substance, the Reality behind all supply, is the cause of phenomena. It is, to supply, what the cinema film is to the screen. The pictures on the screen pass away. If the light fails, no pictures are seen on the screen, or if the focus of the Bioscope is altered nothing can be seen clearly, but the film still remains, and can be reproduced at will, at any time. If we look upon the screen as if it were the reality, then no matter how closely we may examine it, we can never understand it, for it is not real, but only a receiver of pictures which are reflected or projected thereon. If we would understand the mystery of the pictures which we see, we must look not on the screen, but into the Projector. There we find the film which is the cause of all phenomena. In the same way if we look at life as it appears, we can never understand it, and we find its phenomena ever changing and disappearing. We see something that we like, but if we try to grasp it, we find that there is nothing to grasp, and that already the picture has changed. Therefore, we have to seek the Reality, God, in order to find that which is real, unchanging and everlasting. When we have found God, we have found That which causes the phenomena, The Reality behind unreality, the Substance that is behind the fleeting things of life: that which abides the while other things fade away.

FLEETING THINGS

No observer of life can fail to have noticed how fleeting and unreliable are such things as riches, fame, popularity, possessions, material supply. One day we may possess a good business - the next we may have none. One day we may be in a lucrative position - the next we may be seeking a job. One day we may receive fat dividends from investments - the next we may find that they have all passed away. There is nothing substantial, certain, or real, about the so-called good things of life. If we depend on them, then, only too often they slip through our fingers like sand. Some such experience as this is sometimes necessary, in order to make us think of, and appreciate, that which is eternal and enduring, and which nothing can shake or move. When our life is shaken up, and earthly props are taken away, we begin a search for that which is real, secure, enduring, and which can never fail us. We start our quest for Reality.

What we call "supply", the wherewithal by which to live, is an expression or manifestation of an idea. Its insecurity and fickle nature are due to the fact that it is an expression of man's idea, which is imperfect. Our body, with its liability to ill-health and disease, represents what we have thought about ourselves. Our changing circumstances also represent what we have thought about supply. These are not perfect because of our imperfect ideas and thoughts. There is nothing perfect, or enduring, in anything that is created by the human mind. Within itself it contains the seeds of its own death and decay. But the creation of God, the real Divine Idea and Thought, is enduring, eternal, and for ever perfect. A perfect God cannot create imperfection, nor anything in which there is death and decay. Everything exists for ever perfect in Reality, but, by our wrong ideas and thoughts we divorce ourselves from this perfection. As Paul says: 'All have sinned and come short of the glory (or glorious perfection, or Divine Order) of God.' What is needed then is that we become united with the Real and Perfect, so that our ideas correspond with the Divine. For supply we need to become rooted in eternal and unfailing Substance, the permanent Reality that forever stands behind what we term supply. There is much solid, sound, definite and vital teaching, to this effect, in the Bible. In the first Psalm we read: 'Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly (those who do not trust God for everything); nor stands in the way of sinners (those who fall short of God's glory and perfection): nor sits in the seat of the scornful (those who scoff at trusting in an available God): but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law doth meditate (bringing his thoughts and ideas into harmony and correspondence with Divine truth, law and order); he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.' The roots of the tree reach to the river, so that in a "hot and weary land', when the inevitable drought comes, it is unaffected, for it draws its nourishment from inexhausbble sources. By this allegory we are taught that it is possible to be rooted in the Eternal Substance, so that the droughts which come to the soul, and also to the outward man in the form of 'Hard Times', and World DepressIons cannot affect him.

TRUE PROSPERITY

'And whatsoever he does shall prosper', both in his spiritual life and in his outward life. One who waits upon the Lord, and meditates daily upon His word, especially those parts that are strong affirmations of Truth (God's precious promises), becomes strong and mighty in soul and spirit. He becomes conscious of a new power that thrills him, of an expansion of consciousness in which he knows that all is well. Also, he prospers in the outward life. George Muller waited upon God, for the nourishment of his own soul, and was greatly prospered both in his spiritual life, in health of body, and as regards supply. Apart from nearly a million and a half pounds sterling ($7,500,000) or so given him for his work, for which no appeals were made, his income rose from about £50 per annum to over £3,000 per annum. He had to pass through times of universal depression, but always he was maintained, blessed and prospered. George Muller did all this in order to prove to Christian people that God was still an available God. Each one of us can do the same. God is greater than any depression, greater than the intense difficulties that beset modern men in business, whether employers or employed. Their paths are beset with very great difficulties and uncertainties, but God is greater than them all. Every difficulty must give way to Truth, because Truth is the only Reality. Every time that we turn to God we 'lay up treasures in Heaven where moth and rust doth not corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.' If we take our stand in Truth, refusing to give way, then Truth by its own power demonstrates itself and vindicates our faith. But it is necessary to change the whole thought-life and consciousness, so that we think and live in the consciousness of the reality of Divine Substance. How can this be accomplished ? First of all we have to give up certain wrong habits of thought, replacing them by right habits. The following is a list of thoughts that have to he avoided. It must be remembered that thoughts represent desires, and these in turn arouse emotions. First there is our human desire, next comes the thought (which can he controlled) after which is aroused an emotion that cannot he controlled. By right thinking desires become transmuted, and emotions (if undesirable) prevented from arising. I shall therefore deal only with thoughts.

THOUGHTS TO AVOID

Wishing (Day Dreaming)
Self-pity.
Lust, Immorality and Passion.
Fear and doubt.
Lack. Limitation

All the above effectively keep away prosperity and abundance. They eat out the very heart of a man. THOUGHTS TO CULTIVATE

Good will, blessing, and benediction
Achievement and accomplishment
Praise and thanksgiving
Consecration to God and Higher Service
Trusting in God the Only Power
Divine Inexhaustible Substance

The above helps to change the mind so that it becomes a magnet.

The above rough table gives some idea of what has to be done in the way of changing one's thoughts. In course of time the new, constructive, positive, God-established thoughts filter into, and occupy the sub-conscious mind, so that a consciousness of Truth is entered into.

TRUTH THINKING

It is also necessary at all times, to think of oneself as a spiritual being, inhabiting eternity, living in a spiritual universe, governed by spiritual laws. We cannot alter Divine Law to suit our own personal convenience, but we can work in harmony with it, so that only good, order, harmony and peaceful conditions manifest.

It is also necessary to state in words the truth about Reality, about ourselves, and about life. Each one can say:

God is Spirit, and I am his child. Therefore, I am a spiritual being, inhabiting Eternity. I live in a spiritual universe, which is governed by spiritual laws, with which it is my joy and privilege to work in harmony. Because I am a child of God, the only Substance and Reality, I am established in Eternal, Unchanging Substance, which always supports me in an Eternal Now.

Such a statement as this, gives us a consciousness Eternal Being, in which we know that all is well, and that our treasure is in Heaven (Unchanging Reality); and that all our needs, both spiritual and temporal, are always abundantly supplied. Then, as a result of this inward realization - this living in a consciousness that the spiritual is the only real, and that spiritual law and Truth must of their own power, demonstrate themselves, if relied upon - the outward manifestation follows. We may have to wait for it in patience, but 'Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him .... Commit thy way unto the Lord, and trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.... Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.'

 

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