The world tells us that having wealth is the most important thing in life. And that having money is what gives us worth as people.
In my life there never seems to be enough money to make ends meet. I live on a tight budget and I try to make every dollar stretch. With the economy the way it is, I’m sure you do too. Somehow, by the grace of God, we make it through. The bills get paid and groceries are bought, but we’re still just getting by.
Because of this, it seems that we’re all looking for that proverbial “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”. Whether it’s praying that we win the lottery or inherit from a long lost rich relative or maybe we work eighty hour weeks to get ahead.
But God has a plan for us. A perfect plan to give us lasting wealth. It’s not wealth in the traditional sense, but something much greater. I’d like to share with you what God has to say about true wealth and what He thinks gives us value.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
lay up for yourselves…
The phrase “lay up” in verse 19 and 20 means “give priority to”, so these words of Jesus are about the priorities that we have in life. I often ask myself, “What are my priorities in life and are they pleasing to God?” Sometimes my priorities are in line with God’s and sometimes I have to do a real gut check and change my way of thinking.
Our priority as Christians should always be to have a lasting relationship with our Savior and to reflect His light to the world.
where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal…
The world tells us that having “stuff” will make us happy and give us meaning in life. They say that the more “treasure” you have the better off you’ll be. But material objects can be broken, stolen or lost.
We all need money to survive and it isn’t necessarily bad to have stuff. It’s the importance that we place on these things. When they become more important to us than anything else, we are missing out on all of the blessings that God wants to give us.
treasures in heaven…
Our reward is waiting for us in heaven. Jesus is that reward and when we live for Him, then we are storing up treasures in heaven. The things that we do here on earth matter. Are we looking ahead to what awaits us in heaven and concerned with furthering God’s kingdom or are we only concerned with our current circumstances and paying the bills?
there your heart will be also…
The condition of our heart is what is most important to God, and in verse 21, that is what Jesus is talking about. When our focus is on making money and accumulating wealth then we aren’t making room in our heart for Jesus. But when we focus on the spiritual rewards of a Christian life our walk with Jesus will be greatly improved.
Our first priority should be on our personal relationship with Jesus and then on sharing our faith with other people. What is your priority? Is it acquiring wealth? Or is it your relationship with Jesus and bringing other people to Him? If you search deep within yourself you will find the answer. Ask God to search your heart and reveal to you the areas of your life that keep you from having a meaningful relationship with Him. Rest assured that He will give you the answer.
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