Lay up treasure in Heaven,
Life will pass away;
Lay up treasure in abundant measure
For the great accounting day;
Lay up treasure in Heaven,
Though men count thee poor,
Thou shalt reign with the sons of God
“Treasure Island“ A story of sailing ships and pirates and the adventures of Jim Hawkins and his search for the buried treasure of an evil pirate, Captain Flint.
“Treasure of the Sierra Madre“ Two rough-and-tumble wanderers, meet up with a veteran prospector, in Mexico and head into the Sierra Madre mountains to find a treasure in gold.
“Raiders of the Lost Ark“ Dr. Indiana Jones, a renowned archeologist, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant, which is believed to hold the treasure which is the Ten Commandments.
Jesus spoke two parables. They were kind of twin parables. One was of hidden treasure, the other a pearl of great price. These two parables were to show that as much as each finder of each treasure gave all that they had to buy the treasures, and what seems like a costly sacrifice today, will be like a pittance when compared to the riches we will receive one day in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 13:44 is the hidden treasure. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” In ancient Israel, when someone found buried treasure and dug it up, that treasure belonged to the owner of the property. But the finder of the treasure could buy the property and then everything in it would belong to him.
Then in Matthew 13:45 is the treasure of pearl of great price. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” So whoever finds the pearl of great price – God’s kingdom – will happily give up everything to possess it.
You may think that being a follower of Jesus is a costly thing, and yes it is. In Matthew 10:38; Luke 14:26; Mark 8:35; Matthew 16:25 and Luke 14:33 Jesus repeats and repeats the same statement, “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” To clarify ‘what taking one’s cross means’, is that we die to ourselves, our wants, desires, wilful ways, the worlds ways and surrender wholeheartedly to Jesus. To live according to His will, what He wants for us. All of which is good, and joyous and fulfulling and doesn’t mean that we have to sell everything we have physically. It means to willingly forsake all to have that treasure. It means to open our hearts that He may come in, to preserve our souls for a life fulfilled in heaven with Him, which I mentioned in my last post about selling our souls just to gain the whole world. The call is tough but the reward is priceless.
What is important to know is that without Jesus and our surrender to Him, we cannot get that treasure, which is a life with Him in heaven. As Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” And He said in John 5:24, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life.” So remember that the life we live now and the judgement that we will be subject to, all is before Jesus, and if you are not willing to forsake all to follow Him, He doesn’t want you to be his disciple. The sacrifice He made for us on the cross was giving up everything, His very life, for our sins, just so that we can live with Him in heaven…the greatest treasure on earth!!!
Just remember, it’s not all about stuff….stuff disintegrates…
the treasures I’m referring to last for eternity.
So why not meet Him at the foot of the cross….
and lay up those treasures in heaven today!