Treasures in Heaven
i have been doing a study on the aspect of a 'treasure' we are told to store up. it is an odd statement. how can one 'store up' anything in heaven? it is really possible to 'store up' treasures in heaven? and, if it is, how do we really do it? is there a procedure? why do should we store up these treasures anyway? are we going to do something with them in heaven?
these are some of the questions i had to ask.
here is what i have gotten thus far:
1. this 'treasure' is not 'material'
it cannot be material. material things rust or decay. scripture says, 'treasures in heaven' do not rust or decay.
another thing to consider is this: if heaven has gold as its roads and twelve different types of rare jewels as its walls, what need would there be for this treasure to be material in nature?
2. this 'treasure' has a great value
we view the Bible most times, from a capitalistic understanding. what i mean is simply this: treasure, we see as 'money' - something we can sell or buy. when we view this 'valuable' treasure in this manner, something happens: we find ourselves comparing ourselves with others. we look at someone like Billy Graham, and make statements like: 'he must have 'a lot more treasure' than i have in heaven.' the problem with that kind of thinking is there is an elitist mentality that evolves. God says He shows no partiality. If there are no levels of sin, there cannot be any levels of 'treasure.'
that being said, we must not forget this one thing: it is of great value.
the treasure then, i believe is this: when you and i get to heaven, God will show us how He used us to bring His will on earth. we will see how God connected the dots of our journey. we will see how a conversation led to a someone becoming a believer in Christ.
being that you and i are on earth, we are unable to understand the fullness of how God uses you and i to bring about His will.
to be able to understand this: it is priceless. when God says, 'well done, my good and faithful servant,' the treasure in heaven will be given to us. this is the treasure i believe we will see. i am truly excited to see God manifest this treasure in our presence.