Storing Up Treasure In Heaven
Last Thursday, I meditated on the Parable of the Ten Minas (Luke 19:11-27) during my quiet time. It’s about a nobleman who “went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return” (v.12). But before he left, he summoned ten of his servants and gave them ten minas (a mina was about three months’ wages for a laborer) so that they may engage in business (v.13). When he returned, he held them accountable for the minas. The first one came and said:
16…Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ 17And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ (vv.16-17, emphases added)
The first servant was given ten minas, earned ten minas more, and was rewarded ten cities. The second one also came and said:
18…Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ 19And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ (vv.18-19, emphases added)
The second servant was given ten minas, earned five more, and was rewarded five cities.
Think about this. The servants’ reward was according to the fruit of their labor (ten minas, ten cities; five minas, five cities). Does this mean that our reward in heaven is in direct proportion to the fruit of our labor here on earth?
I believe it is. The following are my reasons. First, it is plain clear in the parable that God rewards according to the fruit of one’s labor. Second, and I believe more significantly, this reality serves as a motivation, or foundation, to store up treasure in heaven. Matthew 6:19-20 says:
19“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Emphasis added)
If the reward of those who labored hard in this life will be the same with those who didn’t, then we are left with no more reason to diligently store up treasure in heaven. It’s pointless! That’s why our labor here on earth will be rewarded accordingly in heaven.
So, if that’s the case, then we better begin storing up treasure in heaven and be serious about it. We should begin proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, making disciples of all nations, serving His church, etc.