Treasures in Heaven

Debbi Goolsby

"Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:19-34 NLT

When I was a kid, they use to have treasure maps that they would give out in our city.  The newspaper would give you a piece of the clue.  If you could figure out the clue, it would lead you to the treasure that was hidden.  Each day, a new piece of the puzzle was added to the map to lead toward the prize.  It seemed like everyone was looking for the treasure.  People love to look for the treasurers of this world.  Just look at what is happening in the news lately with the “hidden cash” frenzy in California.  People are sure they are going to find the hidden cash and swarm all over the suggested area.

The rich young ruler of our Bible passage had found his pot of treasure.  He had the treasure already.  Why should he give away his treasure to the poor?  Why would Jesus ask him to do something as wild and crazy as that?  Is there anything that Jesus could give him that could be worth the riches of this world?  Jesus said that there was.  He said in Luke 18:22, “Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven.”

Treasures in heaven?  Is the treasure of heaven greater than the treasures of this earth?  In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus teaches us a wonderful lesson about the two different kinds of treasures.  Jesus said that all the treasurers of the earth will fade away and they can be stolen from you.  But the treasures laid up in heaven will last forever.

What is your treasure on earth?  What is your treasure in heaven, and why is it better?

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