GraceLife Blog 57-The Treasure Map


The treasures of heaven may or may not be rubies and chocolates.  The truth is that the Lord never says exactly what heaven will be like, but we can expect that everything in heaven will be of God.

God is spirit.  We are flesh, but we are also spirit.  So, one thing for sure is that we, the children of God, will be in heaven.  “Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together” (John 4:36).  But we won’t be alone.  We will have relationships together, just like we have on earth, and I, for one, treasure every good relationship I have.  I love being with my friends and family, and I would miss them a lot if they ever left me.

To understand what other treasures there will be in heaven, we must first understand who God is, because all things of God will be in heaven.  God is spirit, but he’s more than that.  He’s a complex individual.  For one, God is good, and good things come in numerous varieties.  Not only do they come in spiritual things such as love and joy, but they also come in physical objects.  The Lord said he put his goodness in the earth when he created it.  Look at how many good things are here, and it may be true that those good things will be in heaven with us.  But it would also be close-minded to think that heaven won’t contain things that we haven’t seen or things that we haven’t experienced, because God is full of wonder.  His earth is full of wonder and his spirit is full of wonder and his heaven will be full of wonderful things.

So how do we store up treasures in heaven?  Well, that’s simple to understand but hard to do.  When we give our lives to the Lord, we put him before ourselves.  When we allow the Lord to be God of our lives, we are saying that we are willing to carry out the Lord’s will for our lives instead of our own will for our lives, and that’s how we store up treasure for ourselves in heaven.  When we live out the Lord’s will on earth instead of our own, we store up treasure for ourselves in heaven.

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to the poor.  Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:32-34)

We shouldn’t think that selling everything we own to give to the poor is necessary, because that would make life very difficult for us.  But, also, we shouldn’t discredit the Lord when he says that our service won’t go unrewarded.  And if you are a person who has given everything you have to the Lord, then may the Lord bless you even greater than you could have imagined.


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