During Christ’s ministry he taught a famous sermon now called “the Sermon on the Mount.” In a recent Bible video produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a portion of this sermon is depicted. In this sermon, Jesus begins by discussing treasures.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.—Matthew 6:19-21
After my wife’s freshman year of college she was visiting family in Seattle, Washington when her luggage was stolen. She lost her camera, clothes, shoes, books and other valuables—all things very important to her. All of us, for various reasons, have possessions that we deem treasures.
While it was sad and frustrating for her to lose some of these earthly treasures (quite literally by a thief), they were just objects. Don’t get me wrong, these were important valuable things, things that she needed. But this unfortunate event illustrates exactly what Jesus talked about. Our earthly things are not lasting. They can be stolen. They can be broken. They can be lost. Our heavenly treasures, if we take the time to build them, will last forever.
So what are the heavenly treasures that Jesus spoke of? After all, once this life is over, we will not be taking with us our car, our house, or job titles. We will not be able to keep our money or other possessions. These things are all temporary. Heavenly treasures are far more important. To me they include less tangible things, like time spent with family, relationships created throughout a lifetime, service to those in need, and ultimately the time and energy we put into becoming better people.
Having this perspective can drastically change what one pursues in life, what one deems as important. Things like a good job and a decent income are all good, but they should never be more important than our heavenly treasures.
What are some of the things you deem as heavenly treasures? What are things you’ve done to help you focus on the more important heavenly treasures, rather than get caught up in earthly things?