Heavenly Treasures

Goodwill

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” – Proverbs 3:3,4 Yesterday, I shared some heavenly treasures we can add to our lives. Today, I have one more that I think should be at the top of the list: Goodwill! I prefer the word goodwill, but the Bible also recognizes it as favor. Goodwill in business and organizations references the value they add regarding customer service, patronage, or reputation. Another example is when people think of you, they think of someone they would trust with their children or someone who they would trust to invest their money. This goodwill is found in the New Testament parable of the bags of gold, where the servant was entrusted with his master’s wealth and was

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Heavenly Treasures

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21 As we continue to explore Jesus’ perspective on treasures, I want to pose a question. What kind of heavenly treasures should we store or build up? We could easily compile an extensive list, but I will share just a few. What about manners? Good manners are a heavenly treasure! I remember at 15 years old, I had this radical change in my life when I became a believer. On one occasion, I was rude to my older sister because she took too long in the bathroom getting ready for school. I acknowledged my wrongdoing and told her, “The Bible says love is not rude. I’m sorry.” Then I hugged her. We can always err on the side of good manners! We add to the list of Godly treasures: confidence, the ability to lead, make crucial decisions,

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Heavenly Treasures

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” – Matthew 6:19,20 You are not your stuff. Living in the Kingdom of God, you have a source of sufficiency that is all-encompassing. It is financial and material, but more than that, it’s hope, meaning fulfillment and an intimate relationship with Him. Through Him, you can live life without an ounce of fear. That’s why it’s important to remember that you are not what you have. There are many ways in which we affix our identities to what we have. Whether it’s our address, our cars, our clothes, our degrees, our friendships, or our connections, when we have a lot of worldly stuff, we feel

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