Alcorn poses an interesting analogy: Imagine that you are an American and you will go to live in Europe for a few months. While you are in Europe, you will be exposed to lots of art, fashion, literature, and other exciting items. You are loved there and receive tons of gifts, which you can mail to your home in America. While you are in Europe, you can live in a great apartment, with a beautiful view. However, every single item which is in the apartment must stay in the apartment when you leave Europe and go to America. You can take nothing with you. Any smart person would live like a pauper for the few months they are in Europe and focus all of their efforts on whatever can be mailed to America.
The analogy is intriguing: the world we are in is Europe and heaven is America. We are not really European, even if that is where we are living. We are citizens of heaven. Whatever we obtain here we cannot take with us. We can send stuff ahead ... the so-called "treasures in heaven" which the Bible describes.
I need to remember that my presence on Earth is temporary. That this is not my home. That all this "stuff" I have will not be mine in just a few years. What I can have is the treasures in heaven whcih I have sent on ahead.
This post was inspired by the book "The Treasure Principle" by Randy Alcorn.