Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and east destroy and where there’s 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 steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be (Matthew 6:19-21).
Earth is where God has placed us to be and where He takes great care of us. Likewise, He has placed so much great things here for us to enjoy and have dominion. God wants us to enjoy our time here in prosperity, joy, and peace and have what our hearts desire so that we can take care of His desires without worrying about anything.
Although material things are good and enjoyable and God desires us to have good things, but they shouldn’t replace our service to God. It shouldn’t replace the focus we have on God.
Matthew 6:19 commands us not to store up material things on this earth. This means we shouldn’t aim and be completely focused on accumulating, gathering, or building up a supply of things. Things like money, and becoming successful at all costs regardless of whether it will hurt other people, or whether it will cost you to lose your relationship with God. Storing up material things also includes putting family and friends over God, allowing other things to replace your time with God, and so much more. Earth is not the place to store up. The things we store up that we work hard to build; we can never take with us when we leave this world. Material things here on earth are meant to keep us going. It is for us to have something to desire/aim at but never be attached to. It’s meant to support us as we do the work of God.
Our desires for the things on this earth should support us in the pursuit of storing up our true treasures in heaven.
The desire to have a new car, and a great marriage should support our aim for the work of God. The resources we receive here on earth should help us to worry less and for us to stay focused on what God has called us to do. But it doesn’t mean that without these, life would be meaningless, No! Regardless of what we have, we should still be focused on God.
Anything that thieves can steal and destroy is not worth attaching to.
Mathew 6: 20 also commands us to store up heavenly treasures. This means that we are to accumulate, gather, and build up the work of God and what He has commanded us to do here on earth. Everything we do for God, we are storing up our reward in heaven. Living holy, doing good to others, choosing to obey God, winning souls for Christ (and much more) are all daily treasures we can store in heaven
It is exactly what occupies our hearts that will be seen in our lives.
Mathew 6:21 reminds us that exactly where we focus our attention is also where our hearts are and where we will build our treasure.
Our focus will determine where our storehouse will be (either in heaven or on earth). Once we have chosen our storehouse we now start to build, start to accumulate, and pile up goods and valuables. It is what we focus on that our heart magnifies.
At the end of your days on earth, where will your storehouse be? Will it be on Earth, or in Heaven? – I hope it’s in heaven! It would be a shame to have spent time investing all your energy, time and effort in the things of this world and then to later find out that all your hard work will eventually have no reward and will become completely invalid and worthless. How unfortunate it would be to discover that you didn’t have time or space for Christ and no space for his indwelling!.
But on the other hold, if your heart was after the Lord during your time on earth, then at the end of your time you will have a great reward for all your hard work, time, effort, and energy.
Our motives must be aligned so that we don’t get too caught up in worldly things and completely miss God in the process.
Yes, things on earth are for us to enjoy but not to be attached to. Everything here is completely temporary and no matter how much of your energy and time you invest in material things, it will not leave this world with you. You have the choice to choose what your treasures (worldly or heavenly treasures) will be and where you want to store them (Earth or heaven). But choose wisely because one storehouse leads to life and the other destruction.
- Lord, help our hearts to be detached from the things that do not please you.
- Lord, help our hearts to be detached from the things of this world and focus solely on the things you want and desire! In Jesus Name. Amen!
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