Yes, the Lord’s treasures. First, let me clarify what is meant by treasures; treasures are time, talent, spiritual gifts, and finances. The Bible in more than 2350 verses discuss how to handle money and possessions – in some cases we can extend that interpretation to include as noted above, time, talent, spiritual gifts, and finances.
Jesus said more about money and possessions than almost any other subject. As 1 Chronicles 19:11-13, says, it all belongs to the Lord, we are merely stewards. He gives to us what He can get through us to support His plans and purposes. Additionally, the way we handle these treasures impacts our relationship with Jesus. In Luke 16:10-11, Jesus in a parable states that anyone who can’t be trusted with little can’t be trusted with much (16:10). If we are not trustworthy with world wealth and other people’s property, then we cannot be trusted with really important things – the true riches of Heaven (16:11). If we don’t handle worldly treasures appropriately and according to the principles in the Bible, our fellowship with Christ will suffer and our ability to Protect the Brand will be negatively impacted.
Below are several scripture versus to guide your understanding of how the Lord views worldly treasures.
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops.
Luke 12:48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Ephesians 5:15-17 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Proverbs 8:18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
Proverbs 11:28 Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
Isaiah 45:3 I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
John 9:4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.