“‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’” – Matthew 6:19-21
There are two kinds of treasures. Temporary ones that disintegrate in our hands. And eternal ones that stick to us forever.
So much of our time is wasted on temporal things. Their value seems to melt as soon as we touch it and it makes us think we just need a little more. And we can spend the entirety of our lives grasping for sand.
The treasures of heaven are real and eternal. Obedience to God is full of reward. All the reward we can handle. And the thing about heaven is that it is not that far away. We aren’t just putting our treasure on layaway. We get to experience the benefits of God’s kingdom now with hope of an even fuller experience on the other side of this temporal life. The nature of the Kingdom of Heaven is that it is something we can know fully now by faith, and will know in the future by sight.
We are so used to fading treasures, it is sometimes hard for us to imagine ones that are permanent. It is hard to trust that a treasure will stick around. We can be tempted to dismiss the pursuit of treasure because we have seen how it leads to dissatisfaction and corruption. But it is not the search that fails us; it is the thing we are searching for, the nature of the treasure.
God wants the best for us. He longs for our highest good. And our highest good nests in the intimacy of walking in relationship with Jesus in all we do each day. God promises the gift of his presence, the everlasting reward of relationship with Him. It is ours to receive daily. It remains for us to choose to have the perspective to see, the faith to believe then make the choice to follow.