God has treasure in heaven for us. What does this mean?
Christ told a rich young man:
He further explains it in these few verses.
Contrast heaven with Earth:
On earth people have to deal with termites eating their houses, moths eating their clothes, locusts eating their crops, metals getting corroded by rust. This is no paradise as we can see. On top of that much energy is wasted by trying to prevent thieves from breaking in to steal your "treasure."
Earth has people locking doors and installing burglar alarms to prevent thieves from breaking in.
In contrast, heaven is a place where Jesus promises us there are no thieves trying to do home invasions or injure anyone or anything, no harvests full of pesticides, as there are no bugs eating the crops, or eating the wood, or eating paper, or destroying the fruit of our labor.
Jesus knows that "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." He knows that the things we sacrifice for and labor for have a great value. That is the reason we sacrifice for our children and for people we love. To us, that is our treasure.
Expanding on what attitude should we have, Jesus advises us that it is better to serve others than have them serve us.
God has created a Paradise for us in the third heaven where there is no crime. It is there that Christ wanted to take the rich young man. However, some rich, deceived by this world, do not understand how Paradise is.
It is a place where people work and produce material things, but not to flaunt them to other people. As they are healthier and have more energy than people on earth, acquiring "treasure" in Paradise will be an easy thing.
Christ is willing to take people from Earth into paradise. That is what the rapture is about. The ones who will be taken are the ones that help people in need, and in so doing they will improve their surroundings. As there will be no diseases, no vermin destroying crops and other things, plenty of food, and no thieves, people in need will not remain needy for too long.
There are people who believe that their work is of vital importance and that is where their heart is. I remember back in 2001 we got a new employee at my company. He was a young Puerto Rican guy who used to work in New York City inside the twin towers, and on September 11, 2001 he heard a horrible loud noise.
Life is full of decisions, and the young Puerto Rican guy told me that he was scared when the first plane hit, and he did not want to stay. The result was that he is still with us.
The boss had an important position that he did not wish to lose and did not realize that he would soon be gone. Even though the burning fire next to him was an ominous sign, the possibility of finding himself with no job the next day made him decide wrongly. Learn the lesson, as we do not know when our last day is.
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for
a man's life
consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.
God tells us that we should not store up treasure on earth, or be too attached to material things. It is not wrong to have material things things, but that is not our purpose.
People have been deceived into believing that having other people doing work for them is better, that living a life of leisure -- playing video games, watching TV, doing drugs, and getting drunk -- will make them happy.
It could cloud our judgments, make us unhappy, and at the end causes us
to lose our lives earlier. God set us on this Earth for a reason, to make it
better and everybody on it too.
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