Jesus told us to “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20). He linked this command to the desire of our hearts: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21; see also verses 10–20).
The Bible mentions rewards that await the believer who serves the Lord faithfully in this world (Matthew 10:41). A “great” reward is promised to those who are persecuted for Jesus’ sake. Various crowns are mentioned (in 2 Timothy 4:8, e.g.). Jesus says that He will bring rewards with Him when He returns (Revelation 22:12).
You see,a Committed Follower of Christ must choose between God and Money. His choice will determine what reward he gets- earthly and perishable or Heavenly and Eternal.
In the case of the Rich of Man who was confronted by Jesus, he literally missed eternity. He valued temporal treasures rather than Heavenly Treasures. Let me tell you: Jesus was not saying that the man being rich was a bad idea but what was really consumes his heart was not about honoring God but the earthly possession that he has. Between God and His possessions the latter was more significant and he wasn’t ready to let go.
ON HEAVENLY TREASURES:
all that matters is if we are willing to let go of perishable earthly possessions to receive our eternal heavenly treasure.
We are to treasure the Lord Jesus most of all. When Jesus is our treasure, we will commit our resources—our money, our time, our talents—to His work in this world. Our motivation for what we do is important (1 Corinthians 10:31). Paul encourages servants that God has an eternal reward for those who are motivated to serve Christ: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23–24).
When we live sacrificially for Jesus’ sake or serve Him by serving the body of Christ, we store up treasure in heaven. Even seemingly small acts of service do not go unnoticed by God. “If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward” (Matthew 10:42).
PAUSE AND THINK:
1.What really gives us our security?
2.Are we eternally secured because of the earthly things that we have?
3.Are we willing to give up temporary pleasures for eternal rewards?
Think about it. God Bless You.