Just a brief thought. It's a little late for me tonight, but I wanted to get this out of my system. [And a day of crises kept me from finding out the details of Jim and Brenda's fates. That almost guarantees they will not be up until Sunday. :-(]
I have always wondered what treasures I should be storing up in heaven? What are the talents that I should be multiplying? What are the fruits that I should be bearing?
I've always looked at context and come up with either good works, or souls led to Christ. Which makes me a complete zero. And that is depressing in a number of ways, but that's not what this post is about.
It occurs to me that the treasures might be moments of love.
The moments in which we have truly given love, God's love, love from that place in us that only God could have created.
As I rolled that around on my tongue, it occured to me that treasures are things we are going to want back some day. A treasure is not just a cipher somewhere, but a thing that we deposit for later withdrawal.
And so it might be with acts of love. We deposit love into someone, and love is there paying back to us for all eternity. That would be a treasure in heaven. And that gets me away from seeing God as the Great Arbitrator of reward and withholding. That makes it more like planting seeds to grow and bear fruit forever than trying to stay above some eternal performance metric to receive my end-of-year bonus. That love would pay in love is just, what's the word I want? Whole.