“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 neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” – Matthew 6:19-20
God tells us (quite logically) that it is impossible to take our earthly things with us to heaven. Sometimes, I have to shake my head at some people who seem to think otherwise. However, because we CAN’T, God warns us not to emphasize the collection of material possessions while we walk the earth. They have no permanence – not during our brief stay on earth (where moths and rust will destroy them), nor in heaven, where they most certainly cannot be brought along. But, while God makes it clear that collecting things is futile, He does tell us that there are some treasures we can take with us to heaven, and He urges us to begin building those ingredients right now!
Really? What treasures?
The most glorious treasures waiting for us in heaven are those relationships we have with people that we pointed to Christ here on earth, as well as those we had with fellow Christians. In fact, the only things you can take with you from this life into eternity are those relationships! God is clear. He wants us to choose relationships over material.
So, what choice have you made? Are you living for things? Are you living for power? Are you basing your decisions on what you want? Or are you putting God first and seeking to point others to Christ from your witness, service and gifts? This leads to the treasures you will experience in heaven. Investing in people for Christ has lasting returns.
What kind of treasure are you building in heaven?