Life is a continual balancing act of priorities. As believers in Christ our number one priority should be the growth and development of our relationship with Jesus. However, one of the things that tends to get in the way of that goal is our re-direction of energies, talents, skills and funds to other treasures that will eventually rot and/or not matter.

Matthew records Jesus saying in 6:19-21 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

There are so many "things" in my life that I devote funds and energies toward that I am pretty confident are not going to be in Heaven. There are things that I need to get by in life, but that is not what is spoken of here. "Treasure" in this passage is translated in the original Greek as thesauros, meaning a deposit of wealth literally or figuratively. This term comes from a word that denotes setting aside something for a purpose.

Have you ever seen a squirrel bury a lot of nuts?  Remarkably this animal can go about its life and when the season comes, recall and return to all the buried nuts for retrieval. Usually, this is done to get through winter or a particular part in the the squirrel's life. 

Humans do the same thing with monies. We have various forms and various pots we put them in for various reasons. Usually, it is either to withdraw later to either enjoy for ourselves or to bless someone else. Our governments take their share from these "pots", but we still try to store up for our dreams, goals and future. However, there is wealth that the law cannot touch. 

The Holy Spirit instructed Paul to teach and encourage the believers in Galatia - "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23). This still holds true for believers today. This should be where we see Christians placing their effort in storing up treasure for themselves in Heaven. These "things", these "fruits of the Spirit" will never rot. They will be ready for you to enjoy and bless others not only now, but someday in Heaven. In your weighing of people, places and things in your life - Who Or What Is Your Treasure?