Laying up Treasure


Matthew 6:20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal”

What actions store up treasure in heaven?

There are a lot of references to ‘treasure’ in scripture, especially concerning our future treasure awaiting us in heaven. But what did Jesus mean when he told us to store up treasure?

We have a treasure within us & a treasure awaiting us.

Our treasure within us now is Christ in us (2 Cor 4:7), but we also have a treasure awaiting us (Matt 6:20). Perhaps the action of laying up treasure is about getting the treasure out of us and into the world. Making earth like heaven by taking treasure from one deposit to another. Perhaps the treasure that we deposit in the world, through being like Christ, is what we also store up for ourselves in heaven?

Application of Scripture = Present Treasure
Action through the Spirit = Future Treasure

We also know that scripture is full of treasures and practical rewards. But does my reading my Bible build up treasure for me in Heaven?….No!…but it does give me treasure now. Scripture then is the source of present treasure, that you can experience now. Your Spirit then is the source of future treasure, which is the reward awaiting you.


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