“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
As 2022 comes to a close, we are reminded that each and every year we experience is a beautiful gift from God. In the following series, we will explore what Jesus said in his teachings about treasures. He said there’s not just one kind of treasure, there are two kinds. The first type described in the above Bible verse is earthly treasure. The attitude of some religious people is that earthly treasures don’t matter to God, but they do. They are important to God and He tells us plainly, “Ask for what you need, and I’ll give it to you.”
Various earthly treasures include money, automobiles, factories, buildings, and clothing. The drawings that your kids gave you when they were five and now they’re 46 — that’s a treasure too, isn’t it? Each of these is important to God, but Jesus says the problem with earthly treasures is they rust and moss will destroy them. And worst yet, thieves can steal them. Then Jesus spoke of the best type of treasure, which is heavenly treasure! It’s the kind of treasure in you that no one else can see. This treasure can represent personal development, an accomplished prayer life, or scripture memorization.
Friend, as you focus on God and build characteristics that reflect Him, you store wealth in hidden places that cannot be deteriorated, diminished, or stolen. As we embark upon a new year, reset your heart to strengthen your relationship with the Lord through fellowship, prayer, and Bible study. The heavenly treasures of this world lead to earthly treasures that are blessed.
Jesus, help me to strengthen my relationship with you. Thank you for blessing me!
In what new ways can you focus on your spiritual prosperity more than earthly wealth? How can you strengthen your relationship with the Lord?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.
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Bobby & Hannah— Thank you for your inspiring ministry.. Keep sending your message of Hope & truth around the world.. We will continue to participate & support you…. Let’s all have a healthy & blessed 2023. Charles & Jan Espy