Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21
Jesus wants you to look not at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen. Men spend their whole lives seeking for fame and fortune, which will last only for a few moments of time. Yet God says in the Bible that we can lay up treasure in Heaven that will last forever. Just going to Heaven is probably reward enough. Heaven is the City of God. Heaven is where God lives. The Walls of Heaven are lined with precious stones, the streets are made of gold, and many wonderful things are seen in Heaven such as the crystal river, the tree of life and many mansions for those God loves. All these things are reward enough. You may even be surprised when you arrive in Heaven. Are you going to Heaven? You should already know. If you don’t know already, then you need to find out soon. We are supposed to know ahead of time. This should be your number one priority in life.
In this passage of scripture, Jesus encourages us not only to go to Heaven, but to arrive with treasures already laid up in Heaven, the ultimate eternal bank. Jesus said your true treasure is what your heart is looking for. What is in your heart, the things of this world, or the things of God. Earthly pleasures and natural treasures will pass away, but eternal things will last forever. Jesus said you can lay up treasure for yourself in Heaven. Yet, this is impossible when your heart is tied up in the things of earth. Jesus said don’t lay up treasure upon earth, but lay up treasure in Heaven. What a profound thought!
Go now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. James 5:1-3
In today’s world, the natural man is under pressure to pay the bills and he can barely keep up with the costs of living. However, God promises the believer to meet all their needs. He even tells us God knows what we need even before we ask, so cast all your cares upon Him because He truly cares for you. How many believers trust God to meet all their needs. The natural man wants not only his needs met but he seeks for profit, pleasure and treasure above measure. God says those that live in pleasure are dead while they live. 1Ti.5:6 There is coming a time when you will have to trust in God to meet every need. Yet God wants to be the treasure of your heart.
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. Proverbs 15:16
In this natural world, walking with the Lord and trusting Him to meet every need is better than spending all your hours day and night trying to produce a fortune. With the fortune will come problems and double trouble. God wants to meet every need for you as you walk with Him and not be consumed with the cares of this world. This sounds like a huge challenge but it is His challenge to you. The Bible calls it the walk of faith.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
The foundation of a house built on the rock is an understanding of Jesus. One who walks in the fear of the Lord is careful to build his eternal fortune. The Bible classifies our spiritual treasures in three levels, Silver, Gold and Precious Stones. All are fashioned by the heat that tries the heart for purity. My silver will be something I did that pleased God and when I get to Heaven it will be incredible. My gold will be pure attitudes of the heart that pleases God and when I get to Heaven they will be wonderful. My precious stones will be Things Not Seen that I learned while walking in the presence of God while on earth. When I get to Heaven they will be glorious and they will last forever. They will be my eternal crown. Then I will be glad that I gave my heart to the Lord and allowed Him to work His divine attitudes into my life.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. James 1:12
Laying up treasure in Heaven isn’t just an attitude, but it is the way of Life. When we pass through the fire and come to the gates of Heaven, we don’t want to just enter Heaven with all our works being burned up in the fire. God expects us to have treasure in Heaven. God wants to give us an eternal crown because we loved Him and we were willing to endure all things for Him. The walls of Heaven are filled with precious stones and Heaven is filled with precious people who have been redeemed with the precious blood of Jesus and who walk in the presence of a precious God. Every day we live we should lay up treasure in Heaven. How do we do this, by walking in His presence and loving others from our hearts. Each time we take up our cross and lay down our natural life, we walk in God’s presence and learn about our inheritance of eternal life. Laying down our natural man to live by the spiritual man is the way we lay up treasure in heaven and win many unto Him.
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever. Daniel. 12:3
Lay up Treasure for yourself in Heaven where everything is eternal. Time flies away like a bird and then we are gone to our eternal home.
Will you go to Heaven? You should know the answer to that question.
Will you be wise and go to Heaven with silver, gold and precious stones?
Will you bring others with you?
What’s in your heart?
Where is your treasure?
As you lay up treasure for yourself in Heaven you will know and be satisfied. Then God will be pleased and you knowing you have true treasure in Heaven forever and ever, will bring your heart joy.
This blog is published by Steven Moore at www.truthforeternity.com and www.harvestingsoulsmissioninc.org by permission.