Weekly Devotional: Heavenly Treasures

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The value that earthly riches hold pales and doesn’t even compare to the value of heavenly riches. This might lead us to ask, what do each of those terms mean? And why should they be important to me? The Bible mentions a lot about money and the importance of being generous in our giving, but to also stay weary of becoming greedy. God provides us with the coverage and guidance we need to navigate through this world. Let’s explore the meaning of earthly and heavenly treasures and see how they play into our lives.

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Earthly Treasures

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. – Matthew 6:19, NIV

Earthly riches are materialistic. They are tangible objects that we can see and have in this world. The Bible says to not sort treasures on this earth, to not become greedy or to set our hearts on materialistic objects. Typically, when we desire or set our focus on earthly riches, we take our sights off God and his purpose.

Earthly riches may be tempting, as they can, at times, appear to be a solution to a problem or could be correlated with having a better life. Earthly treasures are not all bad, especially since our survival may depend on them. It’s important to have balance and to make sure that God is at the center of your life and heart. Earthly riches don’t remain forever; they depreciate with each passing second. Things get old, break down and get stolen. Earthly riches don’t bring us salvation, only God does.

Heavenly Treasures

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. – Matthew 6:20, NIV

Heavenly riches are the way in which we serve and glorify God. It could be your obedience to God or resembling God’s character in your life; there are so many great ways to build up on heavenly treasures. Heavenly riches exceed beyond the grave, as opposed to earthy treasures. Which is why they have more value. No matter how wealthy we may be in the real world or whatever types of materials we may have, none of it matters once we are with God in heaven. Our heavenly treasures are what will truly matter.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:21, NIV

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Approved by the local outreach coordinator of the Office of Spiritual Life on Feb. 7, 2024

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