Matt 6:19-21 “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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
In the East, a man’s wealth consisted of fine, costly garments, stores of grain, gold, silver, jewelry, or fine furnishings. All of these would be tempting to insects or thieves and are difficult to preserve. Jesus taught His disciples that real wealth is not found in physical things – Luke 12:15.
Jesus is not saying not to lay up treasures, but rather to lay them up in the place where they will hold their value. The heart and a person’s treasure are inseparable. Whatever we place a high value on, we will spend our time and energy on. As Christians, we are to have a different value system than that of our neighbors. Mark 8:36-37 points out that the most valuable possession we have is our soul. That is where our priority must be !
So how do we ‘lay up treasures in heaven’? The only way is to send them on ahead. (1 Tim 6:17-19) And in Matt 10:42, Jesus tells us that we get a reward for even the giving of a cup of cool water. We are just the stewards of the things of this earth – they all belong to God. But a steward who uses his master’s goods for his own benefit is not a good steward. The ones who are rewarded are those who use the good to gain more for the master – Matt 25:20-21 We need to use what we have in this life wisely, to benefit and glorify God, in order to gain treasures that will last through eternity.
Are you buying quality merchandise; building up treasures that will last forever ? One day this world and all that is in it will be burned up – 2Pet 3:9-11 “The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be ?”
Will your treasures be secure in heaven on that great day ?
This devotional provided by Arlinton church of Christ in Cincinnati, OH