It would seem that as numerous as our desires, so it is as numerous as what we treasure in life. Treasures to one person may not be of interest to another person.
What we treasure can vary from artefacts left to us from relatives, to coins, jewellery, real estate, antique cars and so on. Sometimes we treasure the accumulation of wealth accompanied by a continuous desire to have more and more. There seems to be no limit to the spiral of how much is enough.
Fear Of Loss
The most earthly thought when treasures are accumulated is the fear that your treasures will be lost, stolen or destroyed. To some, the overriding thought of joy or peace never seems to be attained no matter how many treasures are stored or acquired. The reason is really quite simple why this is the case.
The reason is this: nothing acquired, valued or possessed can be taken with you when you die. And, we all will die no matter how much we have or possess.
Keeping The Most Valuable Treasures
But, the good news is that there are treasures that can be stored for you - ones that will never rust or be stolen or decay.
How? Read on to find out.
"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.
Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal."
Matthew 6: 19-20 (NLT)
The Best Treasures
In other words, doing what God commands us to do is the way to accumulate treasures in heaven. A simple example is to help and give to the poor without expecting any earthly return.
As Robert Morris states in his book, "The Blessed Life: The Simple Secret of Achieving Guaranteed Financial Results",
"When we use money for righteous purposes, we are laying up treasure in heaven. That's why I want to be a wise steward of money. I want to use it to invest in churches and ministries that are investing in people. I want my money to be used for helping people, loving people, feeding people and caring for people."
Each one of us has a choice: to accumulate treasures here on earth that will certainly be lost upon our death, or, we can lay up our treasures in heaven where they will never rot, be stole or destroyed. What would you rather have?
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"We do not need to live in fear. Let us joyfully enter into our Father's presence through Jesus - the gate that will bring us to God."
"The service we render others is the rent we pay for our room on earth."
"It is certainly possible to become successful, rich, and famous
without having God as your starting point. However, success, money,
and fame do not equal fulfillment."
Mark J. Musser, Finding the True You: Discover Who You Were Created to Be
"My main point is that when you have known - I mean intimately known - the
embracing presence of God, His love rubs off on you and you can't help
seeing everyone through His eyes. Each person becomes a precious treasure
that deserves the utmost care."