Eternal Treasures

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, ESV

Silicon Valley Bank touting itself as one of the best banks in America failed last week. Other banks might come next. Although the depositors’ funds are protected, their investors are not. This reminds us that our treasure on Earth is temporary and may vaporize at any given time.

As Christians, our ultimate goal should be to invest in heavenly treasures. One way we can do this is by winning souls for God. Sharing the love and salvation of Christ with others is one of the greatest investments we can make. It not only impacts their lives for eternity, but it also adds to our own heavenly treasures. When we prioritize evangelism and discipleship, we show that our hearts are truly focused on God and His kingdom.

Evangelism requires intentionality and purpose.  It requires us to step out of our comfort zones and sometimes face rejection or opposition. We must be intentional about building relationships with those around us and look for opportunities to share the gospel with them. Also, we must be purposeful in our prayers and actions, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we share God’s truth with others. When we invest in God’s work in this way, we are storing up treasures in heaven that will never fade away. Knowing these truths, we can persevere through the opposition that sometimes comes when we obey the Lord’s commands. We can trust that God will use our efforts for His glory and for the salvation of those we are reaching out to. And in the end, the reward of seeing someone come to faith in Christ will be worth all the effort and sacrifice.

Matthew 6:21 helps us remember that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also. May we invest our time, energy, and resources into heavenly treasures by seeking to win souls for God. May we prioritize evangelism and discipleship, knowing that these investments will last for eternity. And may we trust in God’s faithfulness and provisions as we seek to store up eternal treasures in heaven.