Building your treasure in heaven

“To be well versed in Scripture and all the sayings of philosophers will not profit you if you are without God’s love and His grace. ‘All things are vanity’ (Ecclesiastes 1:2)

“Nothing matters except to love God and to serve Him only.” (Imitation of Christ, Thomas Kempis)

Jesus tells us “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19-20)

“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Luke 16:13)

The first time I read the instructions of Jesus to build my treasure in heaven over twenty years ago, I paused and began to worry.  I had some money in the bank but what treasure could I possibly have in heaven as I had not been focusing on being charitable. I had just been busy making money. I realized I should stop worrying and starting doing something. So I started volunteering at various charities.  I tried many things until I found my little niche.  I found I really enjoyed being with little children (as I am just a big kid at heart).

So our God who knows everything, and knew that I would enjoy being with little children talking about the Holy One I love the most, trained me for a while on the Holy Scriptures and then brought me into the Church to help prepare little children (8 years old) for their first Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation.One of the first things I did was invent the “Building your treasure in heaven” game.   I made each child a little wooden treasure box with the face of Jesus on it and inside it I put a bag of little “bingo chips”. Some chips had “happy smile faces” on them and some had “sad faces” on them.  I taught the children that to build your treasure in heaven, we needed to make Jesus smile.

Each day I suggested that the children reflect on how many times they made Jesus smile.  Each time they made Jesus smile they could put a happy face in their treasure box. And when they made Jesus sad they would need to put a sad face in the box knowing that they would now need to say sorry to Jesus and to the person they offended. Once they apologized for their sin they could remove the sad face and give themselves a happy face. To teach the children how to build their treasure in heaven, I built a little board game where you roll a dice and at each step you pick up a card with a picture scenario you have to figure out trying to make Jesus smile…For example one of the pictures shows a student passing another student a note with the test answer on a little piece of paper. In response to this scenario, one child said “well if I didn’t know the test answer and someone gives me the answer, I would say, “thank you”…Ok that’s the wrong answer: that’s how you get a “sad face” on the board…someone else said “No that’s cheating and Jesus will be sad!”….right answer, happy face!

Let’s consider some ways we can make Jesus smile



“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6


“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”  Proverbs 3:6


“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.”  PROVERBS 19:17


“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”  Matthew 5:7


“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  1 JOHN 1:9


“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” Hebrews 10:36


“Rejoice always, Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16  – 18

At His Last Supper on earth Jesus “… took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”Luke 22:19. Every time we come to Mass we receive Jesus, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity! What privilege! What honour! What miraculous gift!

Let us walk with Jesus with faith and with trust asking Him to guide us moment by moment.  Let us do this in good times and in bad and remember when you are suffering: “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:18

I want to please YOU Jesus!  I want to make YOU smile!  I’m sorry for wasting a lot of time.  I had my priorities mixed up.  Thank You for teaching me to pray, to sacrifice, to forgive and to be patient.  I’m waiting for You, show me the way Jesus!  I place my problems in Your hands.  I know You will help me.  Help me to love You and all those You give me!  Help me to make You smile!