I find Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:19-20 interesting. Jesus says, “Do not store up yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust donot destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (NIV)
To look at this verse quickly we get the idea that we do not need to get wound up in our stuff that will decay. Instead, we should look towards heaven where our stuff will not decay.
What I find amazing is Jesus is giving this advice now. He is not saying wait until you get into heaven to store up treasures in heaven. He is saying choose now to store up your treasure in heaven. Somehow, your activity on earth is going to affect your experience in heaven. What you do now affects your after life. He isn’t talking about salvation here. He is talking to his apprentices. he is telling Christians to store up your treasure in heaven now.
Here is what is challenging.
Just a little earlier in the chapter Jesus is talking about prayer and he says a curious statement about the hypocrites. He says do not pray like them who pray in public so that people can see them and adulate their prayers. Jesus says of them, “They have received thier reward in full.”
The hypocrites treasure was the adulation of men, and so God gave it to them. It seems that God says if your treasure is the adulation of men then I’ll give it to you. I believe this can be true of other treasures whether it be money or power. God can reward you on earth. If we want earths treasures then he can choose to give it to you (and does).
The point is to ask: Where do you want your reward. Do you want it on earth, now, where it will rot and decay? Or do you want the treasure in heaven, where it will last forever? Are you working for the treasure of this earth, or for the treasure of heaven? God is going to give you a reward. Where do you want to get it?