Lay up for yourselves Treasures in Heaven
The Lord Christ-Glory is to Him- said "Do not lay
up for yourselves treasures on earth…but lay up for
yourselves treasures in heaven…" (Mt6:19-20).
Treasures on earth are subject to be lost,
they are not stable.
Man doesn't take it with him when departing this
world. Rather he says as Job the righteous has said
"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked
shall I return there". So whatever treasures he
collects, he will depart the world with nothing. Unless
he is saving money for a specific reason as one who
saves some money for the marriage of his daughter.
He should then spend what he saved…
But anyone who says "I am saving money to
leave it to my children", he doesn't know how his
children will use the money, in virtuous deeds or will
mess around with it and sin. If they will use it in
virtue, so they are the ones who will be rewarded for
that and not himself.
So lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
because heaven is your everlasting home. Wise
is the man who prepares himself for his eternity
and lay up treasures for it…
So, how can people lay up treasures in heaven?
Firstly: by giving. The Lord said "It is more
blessed to give than to receive" (Acts20:35). And as
He will say on the day of condemnation to those who
are on His right " for I was hungry and you gave Me
food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was
naked and you clothed Me" then He says to them
about the poor " inasmuch as you did it to one of the
least of these My brethren, you did it to Me" "And
these will go into eternal life" (Mt25:35, 40, 46).
So, through giving you can lay up for
yourself treasures in heaven.
Everyone should then think: how much is his
account in heaven? How much did he give so that it
will be treasured for him in heaven?
And here I'll tell you a story: there was once a
person who was so ungenerous, who didn't like to pay
anything. A poor widow came to him asking that he
might give her something and he refused. She
insisted and again he refused. And finally because he
was pissed off as a result of her persistence, he threw
her a piece of bread which was in front of him.
On that night, this stingy man slept, and in a
night vision he saw an angel taking his soul upwards
to let it see what its destiny will be? The angel took
him to a dark room, where the man fetched its
contents and there was nothing except this piece of
bread which he threw to the widow…
The story says that this ungenerous man was very
much touched by this vision and was very much
concerned with his eternal destiny. So when he woke
up he distributed all his money on the poor so that he
might find it there in eternity after his death.
God's counting is different from the
Mathematics which students are learning at
There is the element of the depth of giving and
not just the quantity. It is clear from the story of the
woman who paid the two mites out of her abundance,
so the Lord told her that "she has put in more than
all" (Lk21:3, 4). That is why if you pay out of your
abundance, you've got then a big treasure in heaven.
Some of the Saints were paying all what they'd got,
like St. Abraam of Fayoum. This Saint how much
would it be his treasures which are in heaven.
And like the saint who saw a poor man who hasn't
got something to put on, so he took off his clothes
and gave it to him, then he saw another poor man
who was in need, but as he hadn't have anything to
give him, he sold his bible and gave him the price. So
when this saint returned back to his cell without his
clothes and without his bible, his disciple asked him
about the matter, and the saint replied that Christ has
wore his clothes and about the bible he said: the bible
was ordering me "sell whatever you have and give to
the poor" so I gave it to them…
He who gives, God will bless what he has on
As God said about rewarding that "open for you
the windows of heaven And pour out for you such
blessing that there will not be room enough to receive
it" (Mal3:10). Until you say enough, enough.
It is like one who throws some wheat seeds on his
land, so he harvests a quantity of wheat. As a poet
once said about money which you spend:
By means of spending it lasts and by means of
not spending it vanishes
So what you give to others is not lost, it rather
stays, here and in heaven. I once said during the
charity committee meeting: God wants unfolded
hands which give, those which He can entrusts with
helping the needy, as then He will know that those
hands will give others, so He will as well give them so
that they can give others…
We don't mean just the financial giving, but
also the moral and psychological.
Of the treasures which are preserved for us in
heaven is every word of condolence to a distressed
person, and every word of sympathy to whoever
needs tenderness, any kind of gentleness by which
you treat any stressed soul, and all what you do to
comfort others. All these are preserved for you in
heaven…also any kind of sympathy on a crying child,
every tear you wipe away of his eyes…
What is treasured for you also in heaven is:
the service which you offer to others.
All kinds of righteousness which you present to
others, through which you win a word of good wish
for yourself which rises up to heaven, and is
treasured for you there…and so does each blessing
which anyone one blesses you with of those whom
you offer support and relief.
The story of St. Andrew Niquos and the lion,
which this Saint pulled out a spine of the lion's foot
which was hurt. It is a clear proof of the reward for
This shows us that sympathy which we offer even
to animals is also treasured for us and its reward is
never lost, this goes also for the food which we offer
to an animal…
Forgiveness also is one of the treasures
which are preserved for us in heaven.
God said "Judge not, and you shall not be judged"
(Lk6:37). And God commented on that point which
we pray in the Lord's Prayer and said "For if you
forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father
will also forgive you" (Mt6:14).
We pray "forgive us … as we forgive those who
trespass against us"
So when you forgive others, you are then
preserving a treasure of forgiveness by which God
forgives for you your trespasses…
The same goes for judging others, the Lord
says " Judge not, and you shall not be judged "
(Lk6:37). So if you don't judge others, God will
not judge you.
There is a story of a Monk who was always
missing his prayers. The other Monks saw him happy
and smiling at the time of his death, they asked him
about the reason behind that and he replied that he
told God: as much as I could I didn't judge anyone in
my life, and I cling to your saying "Judge not and you
shall not be judged" and also to your saying "For with
the same measure that you use, it will be measured
back to you." (Lk6:38).
You too can benefit from not talking about others,
and not judging them; rather you sympathize with
whoever had fallen and pray for his mercy, thus
laying up treasures for you in heaven, and with this
same measure of sympathy it will be measured back
Of the treasures that are preserved for you
in heaven is: the good deeds.
Every good work which you accomplish, of any
kind, is laid up for you in heaven…and here I will tell
you a story from the Paradise of Monks about a
Father who was always serving others, he used to
take his water vessel to where the water source was
and fill it up. He then fills with it the vessels of the
other fathers specially the elders…and then repeats
this good work. Then one day-while he was walkinghe
became very tired, and he felt that someone is
walking behind him with a paper on which he was
writing. So he asked him who he was and what was
he doing and he replied: I am the Angel of God whom
He sent me to count every step you make while
serving others so that God rewards you on it. The
Father then was consoled; he forgot his pain and
served even more.
There is a registry which is called "the Book of
Life" in which God writes every good deed you
accomplish. In the Book of Revelation it was
mentioned "books were opened. And another book
was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead
were judged according to their works, by the things
which were written in the books. " (Rv20:12).
And so is each sin you commit, it is counted on
you. And also every good work you do it is also
counted on you, and is laid up for you in Heaven, as
in the Book of Esther say, they brought the book of
the records of the chronicles to King Ahasuerus, and
the good deed of Mordecai was read infront of the
king, and the king rewarded him for that (Est6:1, 2).
And so will be written in the Book of Life all the
good works which you'd done so that God would
reward you for them.
The Saint with the Golden Mouth said that every
single tear you've dropped for the Lord's sake, God
will take it so that He will reward you for it before
Satan of the falsified glory takes it away from you…
God rewards you even for the cup of cold water
which you give to one of the little ones, you will by no
means lose your rewards (Mt10:42).
Even patience which you endure for God's sake,
God never forgets it. It was mentioned in the Epistle
of St. James "You have heard of the perseverance of
Job and seen the end intended by the Lord" (Jb5:11).
So if you endure any pain with patience and without
complain, God will lay it up for you in Heaven. So how
much more will it be if you endure and thank.
Last point which I say to you about what is
laid up for you in heaven is: the good deeds
which you do in secret.
There are charity deeds which you do and you are
rewarded for it on earth: a prize or a praise…but the
good deed which you do in secret, is laid up for you
as treasures in heaven according to the Lord's saying
" your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward
you openly " (Mt6:4)…He rewards you on earth and in
heaven, at the present time and in eternity.
And so is every work which you are not paid
for on earth, it is all treasured in heaven.
This is clear in the story of the rich man and
Lazarus (Lk16). How dangerous is what our Father
Abraham said to the rich man "… in your lifetime you
received your good things" (Lk16:25).
Brother, try as much as you can not to receive
your good things on earth regarding every good work
you do, get to know that all your charitable works are
those for which you don't get a reward here, not even
a word of thanks, these are treasures for you in
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