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8 Ways You Can Store Up Treasures in Heaven

There are all kinds of treasures such as a treasured collection of seashells, or, a collection of Royal Albert chinaware, or, photo albums of the children when they were younger. You might even treasure your bank account or position on the corporate ladder. These are all earthly treasures. Today we are going to talk about how you can store up treasures in heaven. {This post has been updated from 7 treasures to 8 treasures.}

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Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21.

The Heart of the Matter

As a new Christian, this verse can be intimidating. It can even be intimidating for a Christian who has been serving the Lord for some time. It seems this verse is talking about two types of treasures: earthly treasures and heavenly treasures.

The earthly treasures are the idols of our hearts. Jesus didn’t tiptoe around suggesting that maybe you have idols but He was point-blank at saying that the things you value, your earthly treasures will be moth-eaten and destroyed by rust.

If you think about that carefully, what is He really saying about them? The things that you treasure here on earth pale in comparison to the treasures in heaven. Do not store up treasures on earth but rather go after heaven’s treasures.

Jesus points you to the heavenly treasures, the things of value, the things that are focused on Him.

That’s the crux of it, where your focus should be. He is your center, your focus, your very being. This is the heart of the matter, where you place our focus.

Can You Enjoy Earthly Possessions?

Does this mean that you cannot have photo albums or seashell collections? Or jewelry or fine china? Or even money in the bank?

No, it does not mean that. God knows that you have need of money for financial transactions. He knows you enjoy earthly things.

But the point is, is that you don’t place such a high value on these things that you leave God out of your everyday lives. Store up your treasures in heaven.

Jesus explains this in Matthew 6:24, No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

It’s plain to see that you cannot serve two masters. Read the verse again to see why that is. Now you have a choice to make, will you become a slave to money or choose to follow after God with all you’ve got?

When you have made your decision to serve God, then the enjoyment of your earthly treasures will pale. You may even find that though you enjoy them, you are not coveting them nor do you fret over them if something happened to them.

In other words, their value has lessened while you are growing your heavenly treasures.

Give to the Poor and Needy

Good news! Jesus said it is His Father’s will that you have the kingdom!

But first you must sell what you have and give to the poor.

What?!? Did He really say this or am I making this up?

Here are Jesus’ words in Luke 12:32-33, 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

Okay, does this apply for us today, does He mean that we sell our homes and possessions to give everything away?

Don’t list your home just yet! It’s okay to own a home and possessions. You need these things but do not accumulate them for the purpose of having “stuff.”

John Piper, of DesiringGod.org, said

… possessions on earth are not for accumulating, they are for distributing in ways that Christ is honored and our joy in heaven is increased.

John Piper, Don’t Be Anxious, Lay Up Treasure in Heaven

What Jesus wants is for you and me to be generous with the money and things we have and distribute them to those in need.

Unless, of course, He has called you to live in poverty, then you must obey. However, if you have been blessed with finances then He wants you to be generous in giving to others.

Blessings in the Giving

So, how does giving away our possessions and money lay up treasures in heaven?

  • By being God-focused.
  • Being a blessing to others.
  • Not expecting to be repaid.

Yes, you read that right. Don’t give with strings attached.

Jesus reminds us of this in Luke 14:12-14, 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Have you given anything away that you did not expect to receive repayment for? Or given away cash with no strings attached? That’s what this verse is talking about. No strings attached. You will be repaid by Jesus.

Hunting for the Treasures in Heaven

So, in addition to being a blessing to others, do you think there are any other treasures in heaven? Have you ever given it any thought?

Let me help you with the answer. Come with me as we dig deeper together to find out what other heavenly treasures there might be. Holy Spirit impressed me with these verses.

I was studying 1 John 1 and as I pondered 1 John 4:4, I wondered what would make our joy full? What was John writing about?

The verses in context are, 1 John 4:3-5,

3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

As I focused on what John was writing about, it began to dawn on me.  He said our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son. That is a clue!

Fellowship with the Father and Son must be part of the joy.

Okay, quickly flip the pages over to Colossians 3:1-4,

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

What are we seeking from above? What are we setting our affection on from above? Heaven’s treasures, not things that belong to the earth as Jesus stated in Matthew 6:19-21.

Store Up These 8 Treasures in Heaven

I would like to propose to you that our joy is full when we seek the following things that become treasures in heaven. These treasures are in addition to distributing our earthly possessions to those in need. Recent reader comments suggested that another treasure be added to the list. You’ll see it as #8.

Let’s see what these treasures are:

1 ~ a love for the Word of God

Psalm 119:11,  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Proverbs 7:1, My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

Psalm 119:162,  I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

2 ~ a desire to follow Jesus

Matthew 19:21,  Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

3 ~ an intimate relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Colossians 2:1-3,That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

1 John 1:3-4, That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

These two related posts will help you with your walk and desire to be holy as He is holy.

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4 ~ seek after the kingdom of God

Matthew 6:31-33, 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Are you a God-chaser? Do you pursue Him? If you’re not sure, then this post, How to Pursue God in 2 Important Steps will help you find the answer.

5 ~ strive to live a life that is holy and blameless, without spot or wrinkle

2 Peter 3:13-15, 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless

6 ~ run after the high calling of God

Philippians 3:10-16, 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

7 ~ be rich in good works

1 Timothy 6:17-19, 17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

8 ~ share the gospel with others

Mark 16:15, And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:19-20, Go ye, therefore, and teach all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Romans 1:16, For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Do you feel intimidated about sharing the gospel with others? Maybe these posts will help you with that:

Wrap Up – 7 Treasures in Heaven Revealed

Let me quickly summarize these heavenly treasures for you.

  1. a love for the Word of God
  2. a desire to follow Jesus
  3. develop an intimate relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  4. seek after the kingdom of God
  5. strive to live a life that is holy and blameless, without spot or wrinkle
  6. run after the high calling of God
  7. be rich in good works
  8. share the gospel of Christ

So, there you go, eight treasures in heaven that make your joy-full. Plus, of course, being generous with the earthly possessions entrusted to you.

What other treasures can you think of that would add to this heavenly treasure chest to make your joy full?

As always, I look forward to hearing from you. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about this perspective. Do these treasures make Biblical sense to you? What other treasures would you add to this list?

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29 thoughts on “8 Ways You Can Store Up Treasures in Heaven

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  2. Toni Doriot

    Hello, I am interested in a full study on this topic for our ladies bible study, yet, sad to say I am not finding any! Do you have any suggestions??? Tyia!

    • Cindy

      That would be a great Bible study, Toni! I love that idea. If you’re not finding any printed material, you can write your own study guide by using an online source that will give you the verses related to the topic of interest. Try this link: https://www.openbible.info/topics/
      If you type in “treasures of heaven” you’ll get 64 verses; if you search by “treasures”, there are 100 verses. I’m sure you’ll be able to put together an excellent study with these verses as your basis.
      Thanks so much for reading this post. I’d love to hear back from you after you’ve shared with your study group on this topic.
      Blessings, Cindy

  3. Vicki Nuss

    Thank you Cindy❣️ I just came upon this scripture this morning Matthew 6:19-21 True treasures. It gave me solace after having had my trailer camper (home) stolen containing all my treasures a month ago. I prayed to God that this taking away from me will be a good thing toward letting go and letting God be my truest treasure. May God keep His Hand on Your ministry❤️ Vicki

    • Hello, Vicki. Thanks for writing. I’m sorry to hear that your home was stolen and yet I marvel at how God often uses what the devil intended as evil to turn it into something good. Only God can do that! And I receive the blessing you declared! Thank you!

  4. Vahneilhing

    I am so happy to read this article,Cindy May God bless you abundantly,I am now happy even though I have very few things in this world

    • I’m glad this post is helpful to you, Vahneilhing. It’s not the number of possessions that we have to make us happy, but rather, it’s Who dwells within us that gives us joy. Have a blessed day.

  5. Leia

    Hi Cindy, thanks so much for this amazing post. I’m still quite new to reading the bible and you made this scripture so much easier to understand and apply to my life, i felt like god guided me to your page! thank you so much!

    • Hello, Leia, I’m glad this post has been helpful with your understanding of the treasures in heaven. As you continue to read your Bible, you will gain in knowledge and understanding of God and will draw closer to Him. You’re in the best relationship of your life! Have a blessed and wonderful day in the LORD.

  6. kblissbeauty

    Hi Cindy, this is an insightful post, I pray the Holy Spirit gives you more revelation in his word. I would like to add that soul winning is also a way to store up heavenly treasures. Regards.

    • Hello, Jeff. You are absolutely right, leading others to Christ is a great treasure we can store in heaven. I need to edit the post to add this treasure to the list. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  7. Chukest

    Hello, I thank God for you and the wisdom to explain and interpret this very topic.
    I’m blessed reading this stay blessed.

      • Valentina

        I have been studying and thinking about what it means to store treasures in heaven the past several weeks… it’s such a beautiful topic because it takes us away from the earthly matters and truly puts our focus on what matters in the light of eternity. Your article was well written, thank you for your efforts.

        I would add an 8th way to store treasures in heaven; it would be to evangalize and share the good news of the gospel, and those who come to Christ from our messages are souls (treasures) that are stored in heaven. What do you think?

      • Hello, Valentina, thank you so much for your comment and I definitely agree with you that evangelism and sharing the gospel is a treasure in heaven. I will be editing the post to include this. Thank you!

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