|Yesterday I shared the importance of Jesus’ teachings on storing up treasures in the Heavens on earth and in eternity. Part of this good news is that the reward is for now and not just when we pass away. The reason we know this is because Jesus did not come up with this on his own; it was also mentioned in other Jewish texts. Here are a few examples of what heavenly treasures are and what they look like: Knowledge, skills, goodwill, peace, leadership abilities, and confidence are just some of the attributes we recognize as heavenly treasures. The more we develop these qualities that we use to impact our everyday lives and those around us, the more we will be able to benefit from them thirty times, sixty times, or a hundred times the effort we put into developing them. Therefore, these qualities all complement each other. I believe that each one of them has a mutual benefit to the other. It is for this reason that investing in yourself is a valuable and important endeavor.
Friend, one way to develop these skills is through discipleship. I encourage the church not to make the mistake of separating discipleship from Christianity today. They didn’t call themselves Christians during Jesus’ time; they called themselves disciples. That means there’s a way to do things and training is involved. Training is available to teach anyone how to store up these treasures and deposit them in the world around them. You can pull from these God-given treasures as you go through life; they cannot be inflated away or stolen!