Treasures In Heaven
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, (Matthew 6:19 ESV)
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:20 – 6:21 ESV)
This word instructs us to lay up our treasures in heaven where there is no destruction, decay, rust, armed robbery, riot and disorder. When we lay up our treasures in heaven, we are safe and our treasures are safe, however, nothing is safe on this earth. Not life, not possessions – nothing at all. There will always be a day when we will leave this earth for eternity and there will be no second chance. Those who refused to lay treasures in heaven when they lived on earth will regret and the lost will weep bitterly.
It is better for us to embrace this wisdom now and start living like pilgrims, sojourners, travelers and aliens here on earth. Our citizenship is in heaven and we must begin to behave it. No more hate and madness but love and pleasing God.
Whenever I see people quarreling over politics I simply smile and say, “ the reason you are obsessed with politics is because your hope is here on earth. All your joy, treasure, hope and faith is in this life and what it can provide that is why you hate and quarrel with anyone who has a political opinion that is contrary to yours.”
There is no need for Christians to be bothered even if they are on the receiving end of political, racial, tribal and ideological hate. Stop trying to reason with people who have no hope and have laid all their treasures here on earth supporting all sorts of abominations and perversions. Your treasure should be in heaven as you make it your aim to love everyone including your political, religious, racial, tribal and ideological opponents.
Lay up your treasures in heaven and be calm. Let the peace of God be with you and embrace His rest as you lay up your treasures in heaven and make it your aim to please God always. That is our high calling in Christ and we must not be found wanting.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always. Amen.