What are treasures in heaven?
“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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
The verses above clearly show that treasures in heaven are not material possessions. So, what kind of treasures could there be that aren’t material? What kind of spiritual treasures can we store up while we’re still on this Earth? One possibility is relationships.
A person can have great wealth and yet be very lonely. Others might be very poor, yet have happiness because they have people who love them.
Think about the people you love; your family and friends. They’re more important to you than the watch you wear and the car you drive, (both of which will eventually wear out).
In Luke 12:23 Jesus said, “Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted”
Our purpose on this Earth is to share the gospel with others. If, by sharing that gospel, that person eventually accepts Jesus as their savior, they’ll be in heaven with you forever. You and they will be friends, forever, and ever. That friendship would be a great treasure.
The person who spends his life accumulating wealth for the purpose of displaying it in this life, is missing out on his true treasures. Instead of purchasing giant houses, Italian sports cars, boats and airplanes, he could have spent his wealth to help deliver the gospel to people all around the world. He could have supported missionaries, helped build Christian schools in India, had the bible translated into foreign languages or even just given money to his own church so that they could improve the effectiveness of their outreach in his community.
Every person in whom we plant a seed of faith that helps to eventually steer them to Christ, is a person we will have as a close friend forever and ever in the kingdom of heaven. Those are treasures worth storing up.
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