Treasure in Heaven

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth; where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal," said Christ Jesus, remembering that mortals tend to go on building for themselves storehouses and barns wherein to place their accumulations of earthly treasures and gains. So-called treasure gained through selfishness, however, is not real treasure. Its possessor, having gathered together fleeting riches, finds himself burdened with apprehension lest he lose them, lest "thieves break through and steal;" and, surely, the greatest thief of all is fear—fear that one may lose that which he believes is his, his false possessions.

The world is constantly looking for treasure of some kind, for happiness, riches, popularity, fame. It is continually building castles in the air, dreaming of material satisfaction and bliss. Youth starts out along the road of material hopes in quest of success, full of optimistic aspirations; but as long as its plans are built on self-interest, on personal gain alone, the foundation of its storehouse will remain insecure.

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