Our theme for this month: “Understanding Salvation”
Our Bible verse for today: “Don’t 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 don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “We receive rewards in heaven based on our actions on earth.”
Yesterday we considered the truth that our spiritual stature in heaven is determined by how much we grow spiritually in this lifetime. The truth is that we won’t all have the same experience in eternity. It will vary from individual to individual based upon how we live now. We will all thoroughly enjoy eternity in heaven – to our maximum capacity for spiritual appreciation and enjoyment, but our capacities will be different.
Another way the Bible teaches this lesson is by describing rewards each person receives in heaven based upon how they lived in this life. There are more than 100 scripture references, in both the Old and New Testaments, regarding the subject of rewards in heaven. Jesus taught about it frequently.
In Matthew 6:19-21, during the Sermon on the Mount, the illustration He used was that of storing up treasures in heaven. Most of us try to store up treasures in this lifetime. We put money in savings accounts, build up retirement funds, invest in houses and property, we collect valuable coins, and so on. Many of us put great thought and disciplined effort into storing up for ourselves treasures on earth. Jesus tells us to shift our thinking a little and to do the things necessary to store up for ourselves treasures in heaven.
What an intriguing thought. You put money on deposit in The First National Bank of Hometown USA so you will have it for the future. Is it possible to put treasure on deposit in The First National Bank of Heaven so it will be there for you in eternity? According to Jesus the answer is “yes”.
This is vitally important. We need to be investing now for our future in heaven. This subject is so important that Jesus returned to it frequently in His teachings. The body of Biblical literature on the subject is so extensive that it will require us to spend at least several days exploring it. In fact, the Bible teaches us so much about the next life – what the current heaven is like, what the new heaven and the new earth will be like, what the resurrection body will be like, and how to prepare for it all – that we simply do not have enough days left in the month to cover it all. But this is too important to leave unexplored. So, we will just have to keep going into the new month. Tomorrow we will continue thinking about rewards in heaven.