Where is Your Treasure?
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”Matthew 6:19-21
What Jesus is stating in the above verses is do we have a heart for worldly things or a heart that stores treasures for Heaven? Storing treasures for Heavens means we live serving Christ as our priority in life and Christ is our treasure.
The Lord knows or hearts by listening to our thoughts. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV) From our thoughts, the Lord determines if our treasures are in Heaven or if our treasures are in the world. If we live as the Lord’s servants, our hearts and our thoughts will change from the world to things above.
Satan’s temptations are aimed to pull us into the world, keeping us worldly minded. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. (John 17:15-16) Jesus prayed this to the Father and it applies to us just as it did to the apostles. God protects us from the evil one because we are not of the world, just as Jesus was not of this world. If we live knowing this world is only our temporary home and Heaven is our eternal home, then our treasures will point us to Heaven.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33) When we put Christ first, living as his servants, he will make sure we have our worldly needs. We are thankful for all the Lord has given us because they are temporary gifts from God and used for his glory. When we leave this earth and go home, all worldly things will disappear from our thoughts.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 34:8) As we get closer to the Lord in a loving, dependent relationship, we will find blessings of God are more rewarding and interesting than things of the world. Christ is our treasure and we live to serve him.
Today, make sure the Lord knows heart because it reveals your treasure. Let all your actions for the Lord be driven by his love in your heart.
Prayer: Make all my treasures for Heaven and not of this world. Thank you for providing all I need to live in this world, when my priority is to serve you. In Jesus name, Amen