Speaking of treasures, have you ever wondered what the treasures in heaven are that Jesus mentioned in Matthew 6:19-21?
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
As a new Christian, way back when, I remember reading this verse and wondering how I could bring the things I liked up to heaven. I knew I couldn’t physically bring it with me but yet this verse says to lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. Oh, it was confusing for a new believer. And what did it mean, where your treasure is, there will your heart be also?
Over the years, though, I read this verse many times. I didn’t really give it much thought as I was learning other things in the Word and how to live my life for Christ as best as I could. I was involved in various ministries along with regular Bible studies so life just continued on.
But now things are different. My studies for the past 12 years have been using the Inductive Study Method allowing me to dig deeper into the Word than I ever did before. And I love it! Come with me as we dig deeper together to find out what the heavenly treasures are.
Hunting for Treasures
Here is what I found out about treasures in heaven. It’s amazing, really. I was studying 1 John 1 for my DIG Gals Bible Study and as I pondered 1 John 4:4, I wondered what would make our joy full? What was John writing about?
The verses in context are: 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
As I focused on what John was writing about, it began to dawn on me. He said our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son. That is a clue! Fellowship with the Father and Son must be part of the joy.
I quickly flipped the pages over to Colossians 3:1-4 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
What are we seeking from above? What are we setting our affection on from above? Things in heaven, not things that belong to the earth as Jesus stated in Matthew 6:19-21.
The Treasure Chest
I would like to propose to you that our joy is full when we seek the following things:
~ 1 ~ a love for the Word of God
Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Proverbs 7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
Psalm 119:162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
~ 2~ a desire to follow Jesus
Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
~ 3 ~ an intimate relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Colossians 2:1-3 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
1 John 1:3-4 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
~ 4 ~ seek after the kingdom of God
Matthew 6:31-33 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
~ 5 ~ strive to live a life that is holy and blameless, without spot or wrinkle
2 Peter 3;13-15 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
~ 6 ~ run after the high calling of God
Philippians 3:10-16 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
~ 7 ~ be rich in good works
1 Timothy 6:17-19 17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
So, there you go, seven treasures of heaven that make our joy full. I’m sure there are more to find but I think you get my drift. Well, not my drift but the truth that is there for us to see but we often miss.
What other treasures can you think of that would add to this treasure chest and make your joy full?
As always, I look forward to hearing from you. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about this perspective. Does it ring true for you?