Do you like to be a good steward? If so, this topic should appeal to you.
(This is Part 2 of the article titled Treasure posted to this blog on 08-08-2019.)
. . . but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Mt 6:20)
Of course, this verse is talking about spiritual treasures. What are spiritual treasures and how are they earned?
Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (Mt 19:21)
So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (Lk 18:22)
Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (1 Tim 6:18-19)
The three verses above are saying that such treasure will accumulate from believers performing kind and generous, God-glorifying acts. We must not hoard wealth and riches. We should be ready to give, willing to share. Spiritual treasures will also come through obediently following Jesus and bringing glory to the Kingdom of God.
There is another way to think about Matthew 6:20 and that is in light of the story of the prodigal son. The prodigal son went to his wealthy father and asked for his inheritance. After the son received his portion, he left home and went to live far away. He spent all of his wealth on sinful, degenerate living. When he was hungry and destitute, he thought of his father and his father’s household. He determined that he’d rather be a slave for his father than to spend any more time looking for food along with pigs in a sty.
When the father saw his son on the road near home, the father ran to the son and threw his arms around him. With joy and celebration, the happy father bestowed gifts upon his son and held a party for him. This depicts the fact that this son was his father’s treasure. And the father rejoiced over the return of his beloved son, his treasure.
Does the Bible support this concept? I think it does. The Word reminds us that we are highly valued and cherished by God.
“They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession.” (Mal 3:17 NIV)
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:26)
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people . . . (1 Pet 2:9)
We are God’s treasure! When God the Father looked throughout the universe for something to give His only Son in reward for what He had accomplished on earth, the Father handpicked you! You are the Father’s treasure—His priceless gift of love to the Son! ~ Anne Graham Lotz
The Lord has chosen each one of us for Himself as His special treasure. (Ps 135:4)
We, the children of God, are the treasure that God accumulates in heaven! We are a gift of love cherished in the heart of God.