“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 treasure sin heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal.” Jesus in Sermon on the Mt
This verse was going through my mind awhile back. It sounds so trite to say “I’m storing up treasure for myself in heaven.” and let’s face it, given a choice most people choose the temporary over the eternal treasure. Look at the way we live our lives? Where do the bulk of our finances go – to ourselves and our need for “more” and “bigger” or do we give it away to bless others and therefore, store up for ourselves treasures in heaven. Where does the bulk of our time go? Focusing on what I like, what I want to do, what I “need” to do or do I spend time focusing on building up God’s kingdom, am I even praising and thanking God that I have the ability to do what I like while I’m doing it! I can tell you where most of my treasures are at this moment – here.
Bry once made the statement – “by storing up treasure for myself in heaven I’m preparing myself to enjoy eternity more.” Now, everyone will enjoy eternity with God. There’s no way for you to not enjoy it. However, maybe some people will enjoy it more bc they spent their time now preparing for eternity and stored up treasure in heaven.
Eternity is a long time. I don’t know about anyone else but I want to enjoy it as much as I can 🙂
And what about our children or those we will one day leave behind? What kind of inheritance are we leaving for them? I would love to be able to leave my children a million dollars but that is highly unlikely and maybe not even what’s best for them. But, what if I left my children with the idea that memorizing Scripture is incredibly important, spending time in the Word of God is vital, and their relationship with Jesus is the most important thing… Am I preparing my children and myself for eternity?
May our treasures in heaven be abundant and may we teach those we leave behind to live the same.