Question: How does one build his treasure in Heaven? Thank you and God bless you.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Antonio, so good to hear from you and thank you for the question.
Let us start from the top so everyone can understand. Please turn your Bible with me to,
19 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:”
20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”
These are the Words of Jesus Christ.
He explains, we should not seek to build great treasures on earth, those treasures are very temporary. When we think about the grand scale of time, our time on earth is very short and our earthly rewards cannot be taken with us to Heaven. I would like you to recall the parable Christ told us about concerning the Rich Man and Lazarus, (see: Are Sinners Tormented Forever?).
Instead, we should build treasure in Heaven where there are no thieves who can steal our wealth.
21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
This verse should really bring it home for us and ground us in our thoughts.
What is important to you; gold, silver, dollar bills or your Father?
There is nothing wrong with making a living, just give your Heavenly Father time. The time we invest in Him and His Word lasts forever, His Word is always valuable.
However, our money on earth will not always have value, many will throw it into the streets during the last moments of the Tribulation, (Ezekiel 7:19).
We build our treasure in Heaven through our good works. Faith certainly brings salvation, but it does not bring rewards. James teaches us the value of works in James 2:14-26. Please make a study of that after you conclude this Bible Q&A.
Turn your Bible with me to,
2 Corinthians 5:10
10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
We must all appear before the Judgement seat of Jesus Christ, He has been given power and authority over all (Daniel 7:13-14, Matthew 28:18).
To receive judgment for the things we have done on the earth, whether good or bad. We are judged from our works, not our faith, therefore we are rewarded by those same works.
For some, Judgment Day is going to be a fantastic day. It will be reward day for those who have stood by their Heavenly Father.
For those who failed to stand for God and left His side, it will be reward day alright, but they will not like what they are going to receive, (Revelation 20:12-15).
12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
The great book of Revelation. This really drills it down for us, the “small” and “great“. That would be the greatest of us, to the least of us, we are all going to stand before God.
That means everyone.
We should understand “the dead” here means the “spiritually dead” in Christ. This would be those who did not take part in the First Resurrection which takes place at Christ’s Return, after the Tribulation of Satan, (Revelation 20:5-6).
The Book of Life will be opened, everything you have ever done is going to be marked next to your name.
Hey, if they are good deeds, good works, you have nothing to worry about and remember, when you repent from your sins, your transgressions are blotted out from the Book, (Acts 3:19).
The take away here is we are judged by our works, we are rewarded by our works, (Jeremiah 17:9-10).
After covering just these few verses, that should be clear to everyone.
This does not mean we have to run some great ministry, it does not mean we never sin.
It means we strive to do what is right by God each and every day. It means we are a doer of His Word, not just a reader, (James 1:23-25). That means applying His Word to our life each and every day. It means helping out our family and neighbors and telling whoever will listen, when appropriate, the Good News, that Christ is our Savior.
I want to go a little deeper on this subject, hang in there with me.
We know during the end times 144,000 from the Twelve Tribes of Israel are going to be Sealed with our Father’s Word, (Revelation 7:3-8). They are Sealed with His Word so they can stand for God against Satan and His wicked forces during the Tribulation. It is going to be a very difficult time for them.
18 “But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.”
What happens here?
The Saints of the Most High, the 144,000 from Revelation 7 are going to receive Satan’s kingdom, which simply means the dominion of earth. The Saints receive it from God, they receive it for their works, for the stand they made against Satan, (Daniel 7:13-14).
This is so important to understand, it is our works that bring us payday.
27 “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”
This message is so important that it is repeated four times in the seventh chapter of Daniel.
The Saints, those who stand by God (including those who have already passed on), those who put in work for our Heavenly Father are going to reap great rewards. This would include all of the peoples of the earth who honor and cherish our Father, (Revelation 7:9).
While we are saved by faith, we are rewarded by our works and the great book of Daniel provided us with an excellent example of that, (Ephesians 2:8-9, Revelation 22:12).
Our reward, those who overcome this world of sin, those who overcome the Tribulation of Satan will be blessed beyond belief. They will inherit God and everything that He owns.
How can gold, silver and paper dollars even compare?
1 Corinthians 2:9
9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”