You may remember stashing your valuables as a child—cash in your piggy bank, a favorite Christmas gift in the dresser drawer, a notebook in a shoebox. Those days may be gone, but the habits aren’t!
We still hide away for safekeeping—a family heirloom to pass down, market investments for retirement, collector’s items for pleasure—often doing so with the future in mind.
Setting prized possessions or valuable resources aside for later can be difficult. In a society of instant gratification and immediate satisfaction, we’re trained to expect speedy return on investment. But we know with careful planning and diligent living, we can have something greater to look forward to.
I believe that’s the concept behind one of Jesus’ teachings.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
– Matthew 6:19-21
I’ve always pondered this mystery. Heavenly treasures are like spiritual riches gained by eternal investments.
Some investments are short-term and short-lived, like a Whopper meal from Burger King. Others are long-term and long-lasting, like a friendship or ministry. From the words we speak to the money we spend, there’s deeper meaning behind and lasting impact ahead.
What if heavenly treasures are collections of heartfelt smiles, godly words, and selfless acts? Maybe every effort to encourage, moment spent studying, and humble prayer are multiplying results and reaping dividends … yet unseen.
Perhaps someone has informed you of your impact on their life. Teachers receive notes from students; police officers are honored at retirement parties. The stories are endless, and so are the possibilities. One can never be sure of God’s ways … how He uses gymnastics practices and chocolate shakes and rainy days.
Jesus urges,
“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
– Matthew 5:16
Belonging to God sets us apart. We are enlisted and empowered to embody the qualities of Christ in every area of our lives.
One of the imageries in the book of Revelation represents “the righteous deeds of the saints” (19:8). What a powerful call to amass heavenly treasure instead of wasting my time with earthly fortune!
God’s Provision: Although not the motivation, some actions do reap reward. Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”
We might not comprehend here on earth, but I have an inkling we’ll realize one day in Heaven. Only God knows all the people touched and things done for His Kingdom.
Word of the Week: Deferral. In a way, the result is delayed as treasure is accumulated over time and preserved for eternity.


Authored by Abby Bennett on December 07, 2023.