Last month we looked at what it means to build up earthly treasure. In the verse from Matthew 6 the command is to store up treasure in heaven instead. What does heavenly treasure look like?
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:8-9
This verse contrasts pleasing the flesh with pleasing the Spirit. Pleasing the Spirit leads to eternal life. Doing good will grow a heavenly harvest. Living in a way that pleases the Spirit is building up treasure in heaven.
‘Doing good’ encompasses more than just our actions though. The attitude of the heart determines whether or not our actions are pleasing to the Lord. Also in Matthew 6, we see two similar passages regarding this.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6
But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:17-18
We work for the Lord and to please Him alone, not to please or gain acclamation from our fellow man.
Where is your heart? Is it in matters of the Kingdom or matters of this world?
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen [earthly realm], but on what is unseen [heavenly realm], since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 1 Corinthians 4:18
As you go about your day, how can you fix your eyes on what is unseen? Where do you need to refocus your heart on the things of the Lord rather than the temporary cares of this world? What are some practical steps you can take to do this?