A person’s “treasure” is what he considers truly valuable. On this he sets his “heart,” the seat of motives, desires and affections. If the treasure that steals a person’s heart is merely what this world can offer, it will damage his relationship with God, who requires service with “a complete heart.”—1 Chron. 28:9; Matt. 22:37.
Therefore, It means this: That we endeavor to obtain and maintain a good standing with our Creator, Jehovah God. It means pursuing a course in life of being “rich toward God.” (Luke 12:21) An individual’s record of “fine works” is like riches deposited with the Creator in heaven, assuring him of everlasting benefits that even death itself cannot take away. (Heb. 10:24; Jas. 3:13; John 11:25) This standing is maintained by our continuing steadfast in faith and loyalty to our God, Jehovah, and in doing the divine will.—Rom. 11:20; 2 Cor. 1:24.
Jesus continually emphasized these heavenly treasures and set the pattern for us. (1 Pet. 2:21; Heb. 10:5-10) After counseling his disciples on earthly treasures, he urged them: “Keep on, then, seeking first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33) So for us to store up these heavenly treasures, it is of utmost importance that we live our lives and act now with a view to gaining a record of approval with our Father in heaven, Jehovah God.—Ps. 5:12; Prov. 12:2; John 6:27.
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