When Jesus warns us not to store up treasures on earth, it’s not just because wealth might be lost; it’s because wealth will always be lost. Either it leaves us while we live, or we leave it when we die. No exceptions… Realizing its value is temporary should radically affect our investment strategy… According to Jesus, storing up earthly treasures isn’t simply wrong. It’s just plain stupid.
He who lays up treasures on earth spends his life backing away from his treasures. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity; he’s moving daily toward his treasures. To him, death is gain. He who spends his life moving toward his treasures has reason to rejoice. Are you despairing or rejoicing?
Too often we think of heavenly rewards as unconnected to our earthly actions.
Selfish people pursue gain at others’ expense. But God’s riches are infinite. When you serve Him and others, you store up treasures in Heaven. This doesn’t reduce the treasures available to others. Everyone gains; no one loses.
Augustine of Hippo
Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; Where your treasure is, there is your heart; Where your heart is, there is your happiness.
Craig L. Blomberg
In this context (Matthew 6)…storing up treasures focuses particularly on the compassionate use of material resources to meet others’ physical and spiritual needs, in keeping with the priorities of God’s kingdom.”
Matthew: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture, The New AmericanCommentary (Nashville, TN: Holman Reference, 1992), 123.
L. Frank Baum
“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge*, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.” (*or Faith)
The Lost Princess of Oz
Whatever good thing you do for Him, if done according to the Word, is laid up for you as treasure in chests and coffers, to be brought out to be rewarded before both men and angels, to your eternal comfort.
It is my happiness that I have served Him who never fails to reward His servants to the full extent of His promise.
Not one man has ever sacrificed for his Lord without being richly repaid. If the cross is only contrasted with earthly pleasures lost, it may seem hard and threatening. But when the cross is weighed in the balances with the glorious treasures to be had through it, even the cross seems sweet.
The Shadow of the Cross – Studies in Self-Denial, 1981, p. 33, by permission Banner of Truth, Carlisle, PA.
The kingdom of heaven is worth infinitely more than the cost of discipleship, and those who know where the treasure lies joyfully abandon everything else to secure it.
Matthew, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Zondervan, 1984, p. 328.
How could we enjoy heaven…if during our lifetime we had used most of our time, treasure, and talents for ourselves and our select group?
The Unity of the Bible, Zondervan, 1992, p. 163.
Jesus Christ said more about money than about any other single thing because, when it comes to a man’s real nature, money is of first importance. Money is an exact index to a man’s true character. All through Scripture there is an intimate correlation between the development of a man’s character and how he handles his money.
To forsake Christ for the world, is to leave a treasure for a trifle, eternity for a moment, reality for a shadow.
I would not give one moment of heaven for all the joy and riches of the world, even if it lasted for thousands and thousands of years.
The world is poor because her fortune is buried in the sky and all her treasure maps are of the earth.
“The Finale.” Leadership, Vol. 4, no. 4.
George Bernard Shaw
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.
Man and Superman
John Quincy Adams
A stout heart, a clear conscience, and never despair
The person who thinks the money he makes is meant mainly to increase his comforts on earth is a fool, Jesus says. Wise people know that all their money belongs to God and should be used to show that God, and not money, is their treasure, their comfort, their joy, and their security.
You must keep all earthy treasures out of your heart, and let Christ be your treasure, and let Him have your heart.
“One who cannot cast away a treasure at need is in fetters.”
The Two Towers
Paul D Tripp
Little kingdom living is an endless search for earthly treasure and unending focus on personal need; Grace calls you to a bigger kingdom.
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