We spend our lives doing everything we can to accumulate treasure. We have to do well in school, so we can get into a good college, so we can get a good job, so we can have a nice house and a nice car. Then we work hard to get a nicer car and a nicer house… and put nice things into it. We work hard to get the newest and best iPhone—maybe even an Apple Watch. But do we work that hard to get into Heaven?

Heaven is everything. That’s the goal. It is eternity with God. The alternative is eternity separated from Him. We often think that Hell is a myth or that our loving God would never send people there. In a way, He doesn’t. We choose it. We choose it by what we value. We choose it when we value people or stuff more than we value God. In the Gospel this weekend, Jesus was very clear: “The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

There aren’t any luggage racks on hearses. Earthly treasure pales in comparison to what God has in store for us.