At the Federal Reserve Bank in NYC, five stories below ground, 50 feet below sea level, and locked behind a 90 ton steel door, lies a maze of 122 vaults containing a stockpile of gold from the various nations of the world, deposited there for safekeeping. The weight of the vault and the gold inside is greater than the limits of almost any other foundation. A single compartment can house some 100,000 bricks of gold, each weighing approximately 30 lbs and valued in six figures each. As of October 2001, it held the largest gold repository in the world with approximately 7,700 short tons of gold bullion, more than Fort Knox.
According to the Federal Reserve Website:
The vault is able to support this weight because it rests on the bedrock of Manhattan Island ... Gold bars are transported by elevator from street level to the vault’s basement location. Once inside the vault the bars become the responsibility of a control group consisting of three representatives: two members of the New York Fed gold vault staff and one member from the New York Fed internal audit staff. These three individuals must be present whenever gold is moved or a compartment is opened in the vault—even to change a light bulb ...
Each compartment is secured by a padlock, two combination locks and an auditor’s seal. Compartments are numbered rather than named to maintain the confidentiality of the account holders.
In Matthew 6:19-20 Jesus warned, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal."
The world's stockpile of riches seems pretty secure buried five stories beneath the Federal Reserve Bank. After all, what threat do moths and rust pose to gold? And what are the odds of thieves breaking into the Federal Reserve? We are far more sophisticated when it comes to securing our wealth than were the ancients.
But Jesus' main point remains just as relevant today. For although our treasures may not leave us, one day we will leave them. Remember the lesson to the man who built more barns to store his great wealth, only to die before he could enjoy it.
The only investments that are truly and eternally secure are those that are made by a believer and stored in heaven. To be a wise investor, we must do as Jesus suggested, and send our riches--our spiritual riches-- ahead of us, where they will wait safely until we arrive.
"He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’" (Luke 12:17-20).