Matthew 6:19-21

6:19 “Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; 6:20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal; 6:21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

(World English Bible)

6:20 is obviously the important part, but what does it even mean? What does it mean to store one’s treasures in heaven? It can’t just mean get the same treasure and put it in a different place. It must mean to store up a different kind of treasure — the kind of thing that would be treasure in heaven.

It’s a pleasing metaphor — not least, as well as getting myself ready for heaven, I’m getting heaven ready for me (by storing my things there) — but I can’t quite make out what it means.

Any suggestions?

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