I am not a saver. I am not a minimalist either – not even close. I do not get rid of things simply in order to have less, but I also do not hold onto things. Pack them and/or store things away. I used to convince myself that I was storing up memories in my heart, but I can already see that relying on my memory may not be the best plan. My memory fails me on the regular. Perhaps I do need to pack up and store away a few more of life’s treasures. For me and for those I love. There certainly is not anything wrong with that but, of course, Christ reminds us – no, admonishes us – to store up treasures in Heaven. (Matt. 6:20) Here are a few five-minute thoughts on “treasure.”
How do I “lay up treasure” in Heaven? When I have priorities that align with God’s purpose and plan for my life. When I value and pursue what He values. When I commit not simply my finances but also my time and my talents in order to serve Him, I am storing up treasure that will not rust, fade away or ever be stolen. It is safely stored and treasured. Even more, one day I will receive reward for that which has been reserved in Heaven. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
Yes, even I will receive reward. My talents may be small and my service may seem insignificant but Jesus promises that even the smallest of deeds done for Him will not go unrewarded. (Matthew 10:42). I simply must be faithful. No need to compare my service, my talent, or my treasure with anyone else’s. Daily I will seek His face for direction and for wisdom. And then follow where He leads and serve where He allows. Storing up treasure in Heaven all along the way. “…and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.” I Corinthians 3:8
Just five minutes’ worth of thoughts, but I hope they encourage you today. Store away a precious treasure in Heaven this weekend. And you can check out others’ thoughts on “treasure” here at Five Minute Friday. Have a beautiful weekend!