Store up Treasures in Heaven

19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!" (NASB)

It is common for everyone to live for themselves. Those who transcend ordinary people know better than to live themselves and they will endeavor to live for the Lord instead. Here it is written "for yourselves," which is for the ordinary people who would live for themselves; however, this also indicates it could harm themselves unless they live for themselves correctly.

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth." 'Treasures' means natural graces God bestows on us. Our soul is not of material, and all the others are of material that are not of soul; of material are our mind (or heart), body, wisdom, understanding, affection, opinion, sense, reason, conscience, emotion, capacity, and so on. All are of material that belong to our mind and body, and so are worldly matters and affairs existing outside our mind and body.

Different though in kinds and amounts depending on every individual's capability, we will concentrate our best efforts to obtain all of what we desire. So all of us have treasures, more or less, such as elements and strengths of our mind and body as well as our knowledge, wisdom, skills, discipline, company, and so on. Our honor, position, and authority are also of material, for these are made out of material. 'Treasures' refers to all the elements and skills of our mind and body, and all that we possess in the material world.

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth" means we should not invest treasures in the things in the world. 'Earth' means a thing that ceases to exist when it dies, and also means another that cannot be brought along when the thing dies, and earth also means that which cannot pass the judgment of God so that it cannot be moved into the eternal world.

"Where moth and rust destroy." The world is where moth harms, which is a figure that something is extinguished through time, not lasting for ever. Also the world is where rust harms, which means something is affected by its foul environment, falling into corruption gradually. Rust means wickedness in the world that hurts us to perish.

"Where thieves break in and steal." This means death comes to us to take us and leave us completely deprived. Also the judgment of Jesus comes to demolish our treasures as thieves break in and steal them. Here we are told not to invest our treasures in the thing that will be robbed of by death, that will be destroyed together with wickedness of the world when the wickedness is destroyed, and that will not last eternally but be harmed to perish through time. Lord's coming is compared in the Scriptures to that of thieves; 'thieves' means death of individuals, and also the end of the universe, and His second coming.

"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven." We should invest our treasures in heaven, the perfect world. We should invest in the thing that death cannot harm, that can pass the private judgment of God, and that exists in the world beyond the judgment of God. Let us invest in the thing that will not be harmed by aging and death, that will not be disturbed in the judgment of God, and that we can keep as our treasure in the eternal world too.

"Where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal." What moth cannot harm means what time cannot destroy, and what rust cannot destroy means what wickedness cannot destroy, and what thieves cannot break in or steal is what death of individuals and the end of the universe cannot affect. We are told to store up our treasures in heaven that is not subject to these woes.

This passage is simple but teaches us many aspects. We do many things using our flesh. Flesh includes our mind and body, and the flesh does many things: we think, plan, laugh, get angry, hate, love, talk, and so on. Also we do many things using our possessions.

What does it mean not to invest on earth what our mind does, what our body does, and what we do using our property? When we talk we have a deed of speech, and when we do something using our hands we have a deed of labor. The strength of our mind, body, and possessions will abide in what has been made to decay when we invest them in doing works to be corrupted. And all the energy of our mind, body, and possessions will abide in what has been made to remain eternally to be praised when we invest them in doing works to be immortal and invaluable eternally. Our energy will belong to destruction when we accomplish work that is to be subject to judgment of destruction. This is why we come to be careful even in everyday conversation if we keep it in mind not to store up treasures on earth but in heaven.

We do not carry what we have laid up when we leave this world, but we are to bring every bit of our deeds such as what we have said in our life, to stand before the judgment of God. Our speech, works, and deeds are to be judged before God; these are not only judged but also recompensed eternally.

Included in what we do through our speech, deeds, thoughts, and affairs, our mind, body, possessions, and life will go to the judgment of God; if a deed of ours deserves to be destroyed, it will be destroyed and also destroyed are our mind, body, possessions, and life that did the deed; if a deed of ours is worthy to be rewarded with eternal glory and reward, it will be rewarded accordingly, and our mind, body, possessions, and life also will be rewarded the same.

We are told to store up treasures not on earth but in heaven, for it is in heaven that neither moth nor rust destroys, and thieves do not break in or steal; there are things existing only in this world but failing to enter the eternal world to fall into destruction, things existing in this world only but perishing due to wickedness, and things existing in this world only but failing to pass the judgment of God to fall into destruction. The kingdom of heaven is where something enters after it overcomes the harms of time, of wickedness, and of death and termination of the universe, and after it passes the judgment of God; this is the world eternal, infinite, and full of life, peace, and love. We are told to invest to enter this world.

This is so important that we should always think about these points in figure of speech; moth, rust, and thieves breaking in and stealing. Let us beware of the three harms, and let us invest in the realm the harms cannot penetrate into.

How do we invest our treasures? Our mind does various actions―thought, will, emotion, sentiment, and so on. Some of what we think up may be stored on earth, and the others, in heaven. What we think up may be destroyed as time passes by, may be destroyed together with wickedness when wickedness is destroyed, may be finished and invalidated when we die, and may be defunct on being condemned in the judgment of God; what we think may be subject to various harms.

We should have a thought that is not to die when we die, that is not to be burned when the universe is burned, that is to be able to pass the judgment of God, that is not to be affected and destroyed by wickedness when wickedness is destroyed, and that is to last eternally. We should think what is to be effectively ours eternally, glorious, praised, and honored. This is a serious statement.

Our deeds are as equally important as our thinking is. It is foolish of us if we ever assume what we have in mind is hidden, for even if others do not know what we think inside ourselves, we ourselves know and the Lord who is the Judge knows what we think. What we think is recorded and written in the books referred to in Revelation 20.

"It is at my disposal to think this or that"―those who say this are ignorant of the immortality of our mind and the fact that what they think is to be subject to the judgment to receive either eternal reward or recompense. Some other people would say, "It can be serious if what you say is written down, but it is safe if what you say is neither written down nor recorded electronically." It is silly to assume as if what one says would disappear and what one think would fade away in time. God says He searches the minds and hearts.

Our treasures stored up on earth are subject to moth and rust, and thieves who break in and steal, whereas our treasures stored up in heaven are beyond the reach of these, and this is why God instructs us to store up our treasures in heaven. What are our treasures? Our treasures are all the elements of our heart and body, and our wealth such as money, knowledge, health, and various skills. Now what do these treasures do? They work through our speech, deeds, thoughts, and affairs, and we should work through our mind and body and possessions on the things that are not to be destroyed eternally―think, plan, and say what can last forever, and hope for, have fun for, and interest ourselves in what will not be condemned in the judgment of God.

But Satan will lead us astray to do nothing but kill ourselves all day long―in speech, thoughts, leisure, happy moods, in having entertainment, in enjoying company, and so on, which profits only the devil but not the Lord who redeemed us. The Lord sighes, for to Him a thousand years pass by like one day; He has to let a thousand years pass by while He cannot have much done to correct us.

"Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Wordly things for which we use our mind, body, possessions, and life will have been used to be condemned by God, to be destroyed, and to be of the devil, of the world, of wickedness, of unrighteousness, of lawlessness, of flesh, and of no use at all. What will happen to our heart when we invest our treasures in these useless things? Remember they come out of our heart when we think, plan, and do what is to cease and is evil, worldly, and unrighteous; then will our heart become pure, or impure? The heart will become dirty.

It cannot be appreciated too much that "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Our mind, body, possessions, and life have to be clean if they are not to cease eternally, and they have to be right in order to continue forever. It is not right nor good that is harmed by time, wickedness, death, and the end of the universe and the judgment of God. It is taught here distinctively that we are to invest treasures in either evil things to be destroyed or good things to last eternally.

No one, who is aware of both things not to be extinguished for ever and things to be destroyed for ever, will use recklessly his or her mind, body, possessions, and life. We should be careful lest we misuse our resources only to make and to enter what is to be destroyed eternally. We should settle ourselves to do only what is not subject to the judgment to be condemned by death or the end of the universe, and we should intend, plan, hope, and do accordingly; then every aspect of ours will be pure―our speech, deeds, thoughts, and affairs, and our heart.

When we employ our treasures―mind, body, possessions, and life―in evil use, our mind is in the evil use and thus becomes evil. When we employ these four elements in good use, however, our mind is in the good use and thus becomes good.

"The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness." Light means the conscience inside us. "If then the light that is in you is darkness." As our whole body is either bright or dark depending on our eye, we will want and plan only the things that kill us when our spirit is dark that discerns affairs and assesses values.

"How great is the darkness!" How dark will we be when the eye of heart is darkened? We know our whole body becomes dark and the whole world becomes dark to us when our sight becomes impaired; it is worse when the eye of heart becomes dark.

How do we brighten the eye of heart? When the eye of heart is bright, we can see right all things related to us, and things at present, in the past, and in the future, as well as human life, God, creation, and affairs; then whatever we do will be great. On the other hand, all things will collapse when we see incorrectly. Which is more valuable, to be bright in the physical eye or the eye of heart? Of course both are valuable, but which is more precious? We can do without the physical eye without much inconvenience if we have bright eye of heart. A blind woman named Helen Keller did great things more than many of women with normal vision. Everything is in vain when the eye of heart becomes dark, and everything undertaken is led to self-destruction. The eye of heart becomes bright when our treasures are stored up in heaven, whereas it becomes dark when our treasures are stored on earth.

The four kinds of our treasures should be invested in where neither moth nor rust harms, nor thieves break in and steal; our mind, body, possessions, and life should be invested there. Then the treasures will not be harmed by time, wickedness, and the end of individuals and the universe. This is right, straight, true, and perfect. Our heart will become pure when we are willing to invest our mind, body, possessions, and life in the perfect world. In the Bible God has written about everything, as to how and which order to do it, and it does not stand when executed in a wrong order. Even the wicked want to know what will happen to all, but they will do all things only to kill themselves since their hearts become darker, not brighter. There have been no great men or scholars that did not pierce their eyes themselves and that did not destroy themselves.

We should have our eye of heart, or spirit, brightened, instead of our physical eyes, so that our speech, deeds, thoughts, and affairs will not be destroyed but will do blessed work to earn happiness. Nothing good lies ahead us when the eye of heart is dark. Higher education does not bring bright spirit, for the knowledge obtained in it is of the knowledge of the serpent, which only makes men crooked, and only fits into the law of the devil and the world but not into God and the eternal kingdom of heaven; it will also be burned and melted to destruction when the Lord comes in the clouds.

What was compatible with the contemporaries of Noah disagreed to the law of God, so God as Ruler executed the judgment of flood according to His law, leaving what defied His law demolished in waters. It is exactly the same now as then; only those who obeyed as God commanded would secure the right not to perish, and today only what is done according to the law of God will obtain its power, refuge, and protection.

When they were seduced by the serpent to eat the fruit of good and evil, Adam and Eve expected everything to turn out right in a bright future; instead they realized they were naked, which made them begin to rage. God would have been responsible for them had they believed in God's protection, but they were finished. Brightness of the eye of the spirit decides our life and peace, and we must use the four treasures right with caution. The eye of heart will not be brightened according as our lusts dictate; brightness of the spirit has nothing to do with a highest wisdom in the world, a best learning in the world, or a most advanced science. There is only one law to brighten our spirit, which God says in the Bible, "Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven." We are told to invest four treasures in an immortal and eternal thing, and our spirit will be brightened, which is the only natural consequence. Everybody wants to have their spirit brightened, and this is the only way to achieve it that God has provided; no one else is able to modify it.

The heaven is where God's judgment and death, wickedness, or time cannot harm. We are to store up our treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor thieves do not harm. Now we should invest the four kinds of treasures; we have only one opportunity to invest them, but we are more likely to misuse the opportunity investing in what is corrupted, and we are struck dumbfounded. Let us check how much we have invested so far, and further how much in the incorruptible heaven and how much on earth, and we can see in advance what sort of person individually we will be when we come to the judgment of God―miserable, or emaciated and hardly breathing, or glorious, or more spoken ill of by creation than commended or vice versa.

Let us store up the four treasures in heaven. If we are willing, we can invest the treasures in what will not perish as time passes by, in what will withstand wickedness that rages like boiling water, and in what can abide overcoming death, the end of the universe, and the judgment of God. What is the correct way to invest? We should invest our treasures following what God instructed in the Scripture.

It does not mean to practice Biblical verses one by one that we follow the Word. The Old and New Testaments provide us with the basic knowledge, so we read and study the Bible in order to find the will of God in our reality. Problems in reality that God assigns to us are within the scope of the Bible. With the knowledge in the Bible we can identify our reality with a specific Bible passage to comprehend His will for us, and we can do according to what we have found as His will―this is how we store in heaven our mind, body, possessions, and life.

The treasures will wear out in either way for sure; our mind, body, possessions, and life are bound to be exhausted in the end, but these can enter where nothing wears out if they are consumed by what does not wear out. The four treasures can enter where everything perishes if consumed by what is to perish; this is how we store treasures on earth. It is to store up treasures in heaven that we find the will of God in our reality and do according to His will.

The Bible of the Old and New Testaments is one as a whole like fishing net; what is connected to one is connected to the whole, and what is not related to one is not related to the whole. What is relevant to one is relevant to all. Many Words converge into one truth. Let us be cautious in disciplining ourselves in this Way to build our salvation lest we endeavor aimlessly. I am repeating the same logic so that you may somehow receive what the Holy Spirit teaches you; you should receive the inspiration of the Holy Spirit while you are listening to my discourse here.

The foundational salvation is given to us freely but the constructional salvation is difficult to accomplish. Many people mix and confuse the two salvations to make them hardly distinguishable; typically they interpret Biblical passages pertaining to the constructional salvation as those pertaining to the foundational salvation, insisting the constructional salvation can be obtained without endeavor on our part, and thus making the weak loose and lazy. Those who are taught as such are likely to harbor their scruples on salvation unsolved until they die. Even some pastors cannot answer the question, "Are you convinced you do not go to hell?"

God is said to provide us individually through His sovereignty and omnipotence, but many of us fear when encountering anyone stronger than they and crush anyone weaker than they―they believe in themselves, not God. As long as we are not disobedient to God we are to fear no humans.

Let's examine if we have faith inside us and grade ourselves either to approve or to disapprove ourselves. It is common to see people rage and clamor to be regarded declaring they are orthodox and faithful, but the days will come when the Lord judges true values of individuals. For this reason we have been continuing the thirty-minute-a-day-prayer for eight years and officially promoting the daily prayer for three years.

Let everyone pray on their own. We may well find ourselves to be lacking however hard we may lead life in faith, and however hard we may devote our heart, soul, mind, and strength to the constructional salvation; we think we have all things done, but we still find something to be desired. This is why we cannot but say, "We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done."