1.Every religion paints a picture of HEAVEN consistent with her doctrines. Every nationality has a concept of HEAVEN peculiar to her culture. Individuals are not left out and you probably have your personal views of where and what to make of HEAVEN. Now, listen carefully to what God says of HEAVEN, as it is written: “…The HEAVEN IS MY THRONE, and the earth is my footstool…” [Isaiah 66:1] God is not an alien or angel sitting on a throne suspended in coloured clouds and HEAVEN is not a geographical location. HEAVEN is the dominion of HOLINESS and the PERFECT state of creation. It is the throne of God because it is the PRESENCE of the Almighty, where nothing imperfect is allowed. HEAVEN is the dimension of FULNESS OF JOY, where SIN, DEATH, SORROWS, CORRUPTION, POVERTY, etc., are absent, as it is written: “….IN THY PRESENCE IS FULNESS OF JOY; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” [Psalms 16:11] I am glad to inform you, God will make NEW HEAVEN and NEW EARTH [Revelation 21:1] This decadent EARTH shall be replaced with a NEW EARTH where shall God dwell with His redeemed, as the Bible says: “…Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and HE WILL DWELL WITH THEM, and they shall be his people, and GOD HIMSELF SHALL BE WITH THEM, and be their God” [Revelation 21:3] The NEW EARTH is HEAVEN because God dwells there and there shall be no barriers between man and God. These things being TRUE, I invite you to lay up TREASURES in HEAVEN.
2. The Lord Jesus Christ invited His disciples to lay up TREASURES in HEAVEN, saying: “But LAY UP TREASURES FOR YOURSELVES IN HEAVEN, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” [Matthew 6:20] This INVITATION applies to you, if you have a VALID ACCOUNT in HEAVEN. The Lord opens a VALID ACCOUNT for every man that comes to Him by GRACE through FAITH in His NAME. We are registered in a name known only to Christ, but shall be revealed to us at His Coming as the Bible says: “…a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it” [Revelation 2:17] A VALID ACCOUNT is the KEY to the promise of HEAVENLY MANSIONS, of which Jesus Christ said: “In my Father’s house are many MANSIONS: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that WHERE I AM, THERE YE MAY BE ALSO” [John 14:2-3] Your MANSION is your ETERNAL HOME or SPIRITUAL HABITATION which you do well to FURNISH with TREASURES of EVERLASTING GLORY. The MANSIONS are not HOUSES or CASTLES as we presently know such but the GLORIOUS BODY that awaits us at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. A VALID ACCOUNT is yours today, if you will accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
3. The TREASURES we are charged to lay up in HEAVEN are evidently not of earthly stock. If it were so, the poor and downtrodden would have nothing to offer. The Lord who admonished us to lay up TREASURES in HEAVEN also gave every SAINT the means to do so. The Bible says: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath BLESSED US WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS in heavenly places in Christ” [Ephesians 1:3] “SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS IN HEAVENLY PLACES” are ENDOWMENTS and SPIRITUAL GIFTS given to us in Jesus Christ, to accomplish the PURPOSE of God. The same God works His GIFTS and ENDOWMENTS in us, as much as we allow Him, for His GOOD PLEASURE, as it is written: “For it is GOD WHICH WORKETH IN YOU both to will and TO DO HIS GOOD PLEASURE” [Philippians 2:13] I bare witness that God works His TALENTS in us for His GOOD PLEASURE ONLY. Therefore, let us not “hide’ the TALENTS in the earth” or misappropriate them to amass filthy lucre [Matthew 25:15-28] Beloved, though you presently have little or nothing of earthly riches, do not be dismayed. The TREASURE you are called to lay up in HEAVEN are within you, as it is written: “But we have this TREASURE IN EARTHEN VESSELS, THAT THE EXCELLENCY OF THE POWER MAY BE OF GOD, AND NOT OF US” [2 Corinthians 4:7] The TREASURES are not tied to your bank balance but commensurate with every man’s level of OBEDIENCE to the WORD of God. Emphasis is on the WORD of God, not tradition, philosophy or sectional doctrines.
4. The Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples the story of a rich man and his wayward steward, who tried to play both sides of the divide [Luke 16:1-13] At the end of the parable, He cautioned His disciples, saying: “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. YE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON” [Matthew 6;24 Laying up TREASURES in HEAVEN require singular FOCUS and exemplary DETERMINATION. Remember, the little time you have here is the only opportunity to FURNISH your EVERLASTING HABITATION. Let us live and WORK as “…STRANGERS AND PILGRIMS ON THE EARTH…”, earnestly looking forward to being united with our HEAVENLY HOME [Hebrews 11:13] Our WORK is well laid out on Earth and there is no ambiguity about the PURPOSE of God. We are called to generate TREASURES by WINNING SOULS, ESTABLISH the SOULS in God’s Kingdom and PREPARE the SOULS for the Coming of the Lord. As you apply the GIFTS and ENDOWMENTS of God in you to any or all three commissions, you are generating and laying up TREASURES in HEAVEN. This is the PILGRIM’S WAY, therefore, let us “…lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” [Hebrews 12:1]
5. God knows your capacity and capability and every man’s TREASURE is reckoned against his GIFTS and ENDOWMENTS. The Bible says: “…For unto WHOMSOEVER MUCH IS GIVEN, OF HIM SHALL MUCH BE REQUIRED: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more” [Luke 12:48] I challenge you to put in your best while there is little time left and look not to men or society for recognition. Those laying up TREASURES in HEAVEN are scarcely appreciated and often derided by those they GIVE THEIR ALL to deliver from the terrors of eternal damnation. Apostle Paul was laying up TREASURES when he said: “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved” [2 Corinthians 12:15] Finally, the expiry date of the present world is fast approaching and the coming of the Lord is at hand. At the sound of the TRUMPET and in the twinkling of an eye, we shall be transformed to inhabit our EVERLASTING HOME as we FURNISHED it. I encourage you to remain strong to the end, working faithfully to FURNISH your HEAVENLY MANSION, amen.