Jesus says in the historic Sermon on the Mount, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
This statement presents two questions: 1) what is a treasure and 2) how will the treasure be rewarded.
First, in general, every act done in accordance with the Lord’s will is adding treasure in heaven. Second, you’ll receive a crown at the judgment seat commensurate with what you’ve done for the Lord on the earth (see 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Peter 5:4) and I believe there is a tangible or visible reward that can be seen by other Saints based on your labors for the Lord.
The concept of working and being paid is an eternal truth that is manifested in the world for us to understand that the Lord directly rewards those who work for Him. Jesus discusses His concept of labor and payment in Matthew 20:1-7.
What are called ‘rich people’ on earth provide a visual understanding that there are ‘rich people’ in heaven. This is why Jesus says in John 6:27, “ Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”
What the Lord is seeking to do is redirect our labors towards eternity. Sin leads us to concentrate on life on the earth and seek the riches of the earth but Jesus is constantly seeking to turn our attention to eternal riches.
James 2:5, “Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?”
Rich in faith is another exhortation to turn your attention to eternal matters based on the Word of God.
What are eternal works: believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, studying the Bible in order to ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord’; prayer: without ceasing and giving thanks in all circumstances; keep His commands like loving your wife as Christ loves the church, raising your children in the nurture an admonition of the Lord, loving your neighbor as yourself, loving your enemies; and bearing witness to the Lord’s existence and work.
As the Apostles Paul says in Colossians, 3:1-4, “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”
If you have never considered this then your first act is to redirect your attention toward eternity and believe that your labors for the Lord will be rewarded. Pray, as your read the Holy Scripture, that the Lord will open the eyes of your understanding on this matter.