LAYING UP YOUR TREASURES IN HEAVEN - PART 2
MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2022
According to definitions, treasures are gems, valuable objects and items with high monetary values. The similar words are riches, valuables, jewels, gold, money, precious metals, wealth, fortune and cash. While on earth, we are expected to pursue or lay up treasures in line with the will of God, not by worldly standard. Let's find out more in relation to the very words of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Reference: Matthew 6:19-21 King James Version (KJV) "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."
This passage of Scripture is known as strong meat which is a call to maturity (see Romans 6:1 NIV). In the Bible, there are milk as well as solid food according to 1 Corinthians 3:1-2 (AMP). When we graduate from feeding on milk to solid food, we start digesting Scriptures like this, meaning that we can move from lower expression of divine truth to a higher expression.
The spiritual life of a Christian functions by coded principles that have their source in God alone. Having the full conviction of such principles, can only come from aligning ourselves with the life and image of God in us, and is sustained by constant communion with Him. Even our real life is hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:2 NIV). Got it? Therefore, Scriptures like this communicate to our hidden life and unless you're conscious of the life of the Spirit in you, you may never comply to the above instruction.
Having defined the meaning of treasures from the very start of this article, did Jesus make mistake by using the word "treasures"?, Someone might ask. No! Firstly, understand that Jesus was on the mark when He used the word because He is accustomed to heaven's environment which is so rich in eternal or lasting treasures. So He was advising us from His self independent perspective of heaven's beauty. In heaven, there is no such thing as moth, rust or corruption, and there is no news yet, about thieves breaking in to steal from the throne room. Got it? Jesus is posh, high-class and extremely blessed. Having arrived on earth in human form, he understood what living here is like. We can also join Him to understand that moths, rust and thieves can cause severe damage in this part of existence known as the earth.
Why did Jesus refer us to heaven's storehouse? Firstly, there is no night in heaven, the dwelling place of God. According to study, moths mostly fly at night, and usually, thieves operate more at night times. Being active at night means being less likely to be detected before time, whereas daylight means there is enough light from the Sun to detect them on time. Moreover, according to John's report and revelation about heavenly city, it is filled with abundance of costly stones and the radiance of crystal clear jasper. Simply put, heaven is beautiful and safe, and Jesus understands the worth of treasures; so He introduces a principle for tougher safeguards in order to protect our treasures as we amass them.
Also in Christ, there is fullness of treasures of wisdom and knowledge which are the highest form of wealth. Colossians 3:2 (AMP) reads, "All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ [regarding the word and purposes of God]." Why are they hidden in Christ? For protection and safety purposes; thieves cannot break into Christ. They are only meant for the initiated, which are those who come through the right process - salvation (that is, fraternal union with Christ). Those treasures are in line with our inheritance in Christ specified all over the Scriptures, meaning that they can be located in the abundance of truths and revelations in the Gospel. In a nutshell, the Biblical truth is a rich treasure, replete with an invaluable fount of precious principles. As we apply them, we gain access to unlimited resources, treasures and inheritance in Christ. Stay tuned for part 3. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Luke 12:34; Proverbs 2:1-4; Luke 16:11; 1 Timothy 6:18.
Guided Prayer: Gracious Father, I thank you for decorating my spirit with accurate insight into the realities of heaven. By interfacing with the solid food of the Word, I have gained continuous and conscious dependence on a trusted divine system and I receive its divine lifeforce that constantly grants me access to unlimited treasures in this world. More so, I'm grateful for guiding me on how to lay them up in heaven, in Jesus' Name, Amen!