"Love Is Your Greatest Gift"
Treasures In Heaven
After having read this scripture quite a number of times, I always wondered to myself, "How do I store up treasures in heaven??" Surely this was of great concern to me, because Christ is teaching us about those things which are eternal. Christ is telling us to spend our time on this earth making "heavenly deposits", or "eternal investments" that last forever and that have far greater value than all things earthly that we may possess.
Some individuals spend all of their days accumulating earthly treasures and defining their existence by tangible objects such as money, cars, clothes, and other physical items. However, we have thousands upon thousands of years of evidence, that all of these things eventually face corruption. We are unable to take these so called ‘treasures’ with us when we transition into the heavenly realm, which is far greater than this earthly realm.
When we love God and love others, we are indeed storing treasures in heaven that will await us when we arrive there. I believe with all of my heart that every act of love towards God and others is how we continuously build our heavenly treasure and guess what? That treasure (Love) is eternal and we will not leave it behind, because it will indeed follow us throughout eternity.
Each and every time we obey the voice of God, we display an act of Love towards God and a deposit has been made. Every time that we seek to help the hurting, depressed, and oppressed with a heart of compassion; we have loved and a deposit has been made. Each time that we speak an encouraging word, or choose to see the greatness and potential in someone as supposed to their shortcomings and imperfections; we have loved and a deposit has been made. Each time that we choose to embody the person and teachings of Christ, and we become a light in this world, we have indeed loved and an eternal deposit has been made.
Let us spend the rest of our days making heavenly deposits and storing heavenly treasures by walking in love daily. Make the choice to Love God and Love Others, and you will indeed have a treasure that will hold up under the unchanging hand of eternity.
Lyndon J. Batiste
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Cor. 13:13).
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