Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 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 will your heart be also (Matt. 6:19-21). This passage is very plain, in that the wealth of this earth is pretty much useless. Since it is evident that our treasures in heaven must be of a spiritual nature, how do we go about storing them up?

First of all we must love to be known of God, for God is love. God manifested His love for us by sending His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him (I John 4:7-12). We must love one another, for he that dwells in love dwells in God and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world (I John 4:16-17). Therefore it is sure that we must have love to lay up treasures in heaven. When we have love, what will we do to show our love to God. In John 14:15, Jesus tells us, If you love me keep my commandments. There can be no doubt, that to store up spiritual treasures in heaven, we must have love and keep His commandments, but what are His commandments? Probably the greatest commandment we have from the Lord is known as “The great commission” which tells us to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe what so ever I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the world
— (Matt. 28:19-20)

When we are baptized into Christ (Gal. 3:27), we are raised a new creature and walk in newness of life (II Cor. 5:17). We no longer walk in the ways of this world, we follow in the foot steps of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When a young man came to Jesus asking Him what good thing he must do to have eternal life, Jesus told him, “Thou shall not murder, Thou shall not commit adultery, Thou shall not steal, Thou shall not bear false witness, honor thy father and mother and love thy neighbor as thy self.” When the young man confessed he had always done these things, Jesus said unto him, if you want to be perfect go and sell what you have and give to the poor and you shall have treasures in heaven, and come follow me. The young man went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions (Matt.19:16-22). What Jesus is plainly saying to us is, don’t let your earthly possessions get in the way of your heavenly treasures. We never know what tomorrow may bring, for our life is like a mist that appears for a short time, then vanishes away (James 4:14). Why not start your walk with Christ today and begin laying up stores of treasures in heaven, before it is eternally too late?

We invite all who would to come worship with us each Sunday morning at Kedron, on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky. We neither add to or take from God’s Holy Word. Bible study at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m.