TREASURES ON EARTH
Matthew 6:19-21 : “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 moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The Scene: A closed door on a safe.
Do not store your treasures in an earthly safe, but store up heavenly treasures, where they cannot be stolen or destroyed.
Worldly people, those who are lost (unsaved sinners) store their treasures in what they think is a safe place. Mature Christians know they have a heavenly safe in which they can store their treasures (crowns of life, godly rewards for good works). In our eternal homes, God- given treasures also include promised eternal life in heaven, living in our God-made mansion, blessings from God, and our inheritance as sons of the living God.
Proverbs 14:18 “The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.”
2 Timothy 4:8 “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
Our faith expressed in good deeds brings us heavenly rewards. Helping others by our good works—helping the young, the old, and those truly needy, all brings crowns stored up for the righteous in heaven: crowns of life and glory, which can be presented, one day, to God and King Jesus.
Revelation 2:10 ” Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Revelation 4:10-11 “The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say, ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory, honor, and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.'”
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