What Does Living For Heavenly Treasure Mean?
Living for heavenly treasure means that we manage all the wealth (money and possessions) that God has given us during our journey as pilgrims here on earth for His honor and glory—thus laying up for ourselves treasure in heaven and not on earth. As stewards and pilgrims we show that we serve God and not money through our giving.
Stewards And Pilgrims
- Believers are stewards. As stewards, we recognize that God is the sovereign owner of everything, including all of our earthy money and possessions—He makes poor and makes rich—and we are to faithfully manage that which He has put into our care.
Deuteronomy 8:18; 1 Samuel 2:7
- Believers are pilgrims. As pilgrims, we recognize that our citizenship is in heaven—God’s kingdom is where our loyalties lie. Therefore, this world is not our home but we are just passing through. We are journeying through this world desiring a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Thus, we live accordingly—sending our treasure ahead.
John 18:36; Hebrews 11:13-16; Philippians 3:17-21
- Believers are stewards and pilgrims. As stewards and pilgrims, we recognize and aspire to live by the following principles:
- Our journey (life) on this earth is short but our destination (eternal life) is forever. Our life is like a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Therefore, we only have this life to faithfully use and invest our time and resources.
James 4:14; 1 Peter 5:10
- Our journey on this earth will end (death) and when it does we will carry nothing away. Our wealth (money and possession) will all remain on this earth. Therefore, we are to take heed and beware of covetousness because our life on this earth doesn’t consist in the abundance of the things which we possess. We are not to be rich towards ourselves but to be rich towards God—this isn’t a prohibition against wealth but a prohibition against building personal wealth for a life of complacency instead of one that is used in the service of God. We see all money and possessions as tools we can use to serve God but also know that it can be dangerous if we place too much value on them or accumulate too much.
Psalm 49:16-17; Luke 12:15-21; 2 Peter 3:11
- Our journey on this earth means that we are continually seeking the kingdom of God and trusting in God to provide our needs. We work hard to build wealth that we use to provide for our families and give to the needy. Therefore, our mindset should not be that of “spenders”—those who spend their wealth for instant satisfaction, nor “savers”—those who save their wealth for future security, but we should have the mindset of “givers”—those who give their wealth towards the service of God and others as they live in the anticipation of Jesus’ return.
Luke 12:22-40; 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Earthly And Heavenly
- We live on earth but we live for heaven. As believers, we are to seek those things which are above—where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. We are to direct our attention and thoughts on things above (Jesus, heaven, rewards), not on things on the earth. Our lives are “hid with Christ in God”—meaning our security and identity are found in Him and nothing else. Jesus is our life and one day we will appear with Him in glory—a place beyond all comparison. This is our hope for the journey as we live this life of trials.
Colossians 3:1-4; 1 Peter 1:4; Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17
- We gain treasure on earth but invest it in heaven. As believers, we are not to lay up for ourselves treasures upon earth because they have no lasting value (moth and rust doth corrupt; thieves break in and steal). Instead, we are to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven because they have lasting value (neither moth nor rust doth corrupt; thieves do not break in nor steal). Therefore, true wealth is found not in our treasure (money and possessions) here on earth but in treasure in heaven (rewards from God). God has an unlimited number of treasure to give to those who invest in heaven through using their wealth (money and possessions) to serve God and others.
Matthew 6:19-20; Luke 12:33; Mark 10:21
- Grace should results in generosity—which demonstrates our willingness to serve God and not money. Before salvation, wealth (money and possessions) had the wrong place in our lives, but after salvation we dethrone it by obeying God with a life of generosity.
Luke 3:11-14; 19:8-9; Acts 2:45; 4:32-35
- God is a rewarder. Our goal is to please God through obeying Him out of love and fear, but also for reward. It pleases God to reward His children with the heavenly treasure He is preparing for them. Thus, if it is good for God to give them rewards, then it is also good for His children to seek them. Jesus is our greatest reward, but we can also enjoy all that God has in store for us and seek after it as He has commanded.
Deuteronomy 7:9; Hebrews 11:6; 12:28; 2 Corinthians 5:9
- We guide our hearts by guiding our treasure. The Bible says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” The orientation of our hearts—(the “inner person” or the real orientation, belief, motivation and attitude of a person) should be towards heaven and not towards this earth. “Money” is central in our lives—it reveals and reflects what we think is the most important and the most valuable in our lives. It often controls our time and many aspects of our lives (what you do everyday revolves around the money factor). Your heart and your treasure are connected. Wherever your heart is oriented we will find your money there. Wherever your money is, we will find your heart oriented towards it. Therefore, you direct the orientation of your heart by devoting yourself and money—the indicator of what is important—to whatever you think is the most important. Your heart, time and talents all follow where you put your money, thus to orient your hearts towards heaven, you should start using your money for heavenly purposes. Where is your heart/money?
Matthew 6:21; Luke 12:34
- We gain wealth to be more generous. Those who live for heaven see God’s material blessings in their lives as a way to be more generous (not to live luxuriously at the expense of others) which produces thanksgiving to God. We don’t ask for poverty or riches less we are deceived by either one and sin against God. Instead, we (1) daily make our financial decisions by faith; (2) choose to be content in our circumstances; (3) give more as God prospers us—thus living for heavenly treasure
2 Corinthians 9:10-12; Acts 20:35; Proverbs 30:8-9
- What does it mean to be a steward and a pilgrim?
- As stewards and pilgrims, we recognize and aspire to live by what principles?
- We gain treasure on earth but invest it where?
- We guide our hearts by guiding our what?
- We gain wealth to be more generous?