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Laying Up Treasures

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, . . . for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
         --MATTHEW 6:20,21

      SINCE I am coming to that holy room
      Where with the choir of saints forevermore
      I shall be made Thy music, as I come
      I tune the instrument here at the door,
      And, what I must do then, think here before.
         --JOHN DONNE

      TO lay up treasure in heaven is to do arts which promote, or belong to, the kingdom of God; and what our Lord assures us of is that any act of our hands, any thought of our heart, any word of our lips, which promotes the divine kingdom by the ordering whether of our own life or of the world outside--all such activ.ity, though it may seem for the moment to be lost, is really stored up in the divine treasure-house; and when the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem, shall at last appear, that honest effort of ours, which seemed so ineffectual, shall be found to be a brick built into that eternal and celestial fabric.
         --CHARLES GORE

      We cannot remove the conditions under which our work is to be done, but we can transform them. They are the elements out of which we must build the temples wherein we serve.

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