Just a Little Pavement in Your Pocket

by Joanna Pierce on May 23, 2018

I heard one time that Americans throw away over $50 million in coins a year either in the trash or by dropping it on the ground without retrieval. It was at that moment, I determined in my heart that I would become a millionaire by picking up all the discarded change I see on the ground.

You might be thinking, “Eww—that’s dirty money.” But, when I show up on the list of the top ten wealthiest people in America, you’ll change your tune.
It obviously hasn’t happened yet. I mostly find pennies and nickels. The days I stumble across dimes and quarters are my “big money days.” My husband just looks at me and yells for me to get out of the street or I’ll get run over. Ah, priorities.

You might look at me strangely, with me bent over picking up coins. I’ve had an audience or two on earth, but I wonder how large the crowd of onlookers is in heaven. The Lord and His angels all must be looking at me with utter confusion as to why I am—to quote TF Tenney—shoving a bunch of pavement in my pockets?

And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it (Revelation 21:18–24, KJV).

I like to argue that I’m being a good financial steward with other’s money. I don’t go to extremes, and honestly, I realize I’m probably never going to be a millionaire. But, that’s not my goal in life. What’s scary to me, is that it is for other people.

The culture we live in today is obsessed with wealth. We aren’t “somebody” if we aren’t dripping with diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, pearls, gold, etc. or have a bunch of it stored away in the bank or investments. What heaven uses as building materials and asphalt, we lose our minds over and seek to obtain it with the wrong motives (Get it now? Pavement in your pockets?). Angels must ask God endless questions as to why we have a stack of “drywall” sitting in the bank, why we hang “rocks” off ourselves, and why we pick up “bolts” off the ground.

Jesus tells us not to store up treasures on earth where moths and vermin can destroy them but seek to store up treasure in Heaven (Matthew 6:19–20). There’s only one treasure in Heaven—that’s Jesus Christ. He’s our inheritance and wealth.

Today, we’re living on only a down payment (just a little bit) of that inheritance (II Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:14). Instead of spending all of our time grabbing destructible materials, storing them in the bank, and expecting them to multiply into something of worth, we should be making deposits into our spiritual bank with a wealth and substance that has endless worth and can be taken to heaven—the Holy Ghost! We do that through prayer, fasting, reading the Word, and attending church!

The next time you see a discarded coin on the ground, I encourage you to pick it up because you never know—God just might be wanting to bless you with a little “extra” to help you get by in this life. But, remember, you just have a little pavement in your pocket.