1st February 2019

Where Your Treasure Is

“Some people store up treasures in their homes here on earth. This is a shortsighted practice—don’t undertake it. Moths and rust will eat up any treasure you may store here. Thieves may break into your homes and steal your precious trinkets. Instead, put up your treasures in heaven where moths do not attack, where rust does not corrode, and where thieves are barred at the door. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21 (VOICE)

At the time of Jesus, wealth was often stored and hoarded. Sometimes a rich man might include some of it in his burial chamber in the hope that it would help him in the afterlife. Physical items, however, are subject to decay, and it is only by entrusting what we have to God that we find eternal spiritual value.

At the time of Christ, religious leaders thought that by praying, fasting and public shows of almsgiving, they could build up treasure in heaven, but Jesus debunked their misguided views. Instead, when we use all of our life as God intended, when we take every opportunity to glorify God in all that we do and say, heavenly treasure is effectively laid up. Every act, no matter how small, which is done for the glory of God, is remembered in heaven.

Therefore, Jesus tells us to analyse our priorities. What means more to us? Money, power, fame, pleasure, luxury, our own personal enjoyment? If that’s where our hearts are, in the end it’ll be meaningless. Instead, invest our thoughts, words and actions in the things of God. This is an intentional shift in thinking. It’s a turning away from what we valued previously to treasuring what really matters in the long run.

We demonstrate where our heart really is by what we choose to treasure.

Prayer
Father, I need your Holy Spirit to help me change my heart that I might value your thoughts and your ways above all else. Please grant me the grace to change my priorities and to put you first. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by James Henderson
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About the Author:
James Henderson is the the European Superintendent for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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