from a talk by Uranda
« March 22, 1953 »
In the 6th chapter of Matthew we find this particular portrayal, beginning in the 19th verse:
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth no rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do no break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
….“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth.” The treasures. The treasure is the valuable things. We can have material things and consider them to be very important; we can take care of them; but is the material, the physical thing, really the treasure? There is nothing wrong with having physical things, material things. We need them, and in fact without material things we cannot minister. Without a material body you are of no value on earth, no matter how perfect your God Being, no matter how willing your spirit; for spirit can have not meaning on earth except through physical substance, by reason of physical substance. So your physical body is essential to your ministry, and without it your ministry on earth would be at a close. Material things, physical things. But are those material things, the physical things, the treasure? Or is there a true treasure, something that has greater value, within or behind or above these material things? If the highest value of which we are aware is attributed to the physical things, then our endeavors are plainly an attempt to lay up treasure on earth. But once we begin to actually know the reality of the fact that the kingdom of heaven is at hand and that that kingdom of heaven comes to us as far as the pneumaplasmic substance – we can begin to see that when we realize the importance of allowing the dominion of God to shape and mold those things which are established in the pneumaplasmic substance, the physical substance will begin to conform to that divinely established pattern.
…And when we begin to lay up treasure in heaven, what is it the Master says here? “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” What is your heart? It is your feeling nature, your feeling realm, the emotional realm, that which has the capacity of feeling and appreciation. And when the feeling pattern in you establishes the right pattern in your pneumaplasmic substance, so the things of God start coming through to you, they will begin to manifest first in heaven….
…The machinery that God designed is perfect, and all we have to do is let it get connected up and the dominion is reestablished and the power of God begins to work in our daily life, the treasure in heaven begins to take form on earth.
You think our treasures are not to appear on earth? Of course they are. It is God’s intention that our treasures should appear on earth. What did God create the earth for? For a place for man to live. He is going to have everything somewhere else? Oh no. God made the earth a paradise. He provided all the means by which the things of God could come into manifestation, so that the treasures of heaven could have form on earth….