“Don’t store up treasures here on
earth, where moths eat them and
rust destroys them, and where
thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.
Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:19-22
Even when Jesus is talking about our material possessions, He was still talking about our heart and what was important to our heart. He was talking about our walk with God and what was our priority. It is important to face honestly the question, what was Jesus not prohibiting when He told us to not layup treasure for ourselves on earth? Jesus is not telling us that all possessions are wrong. He is not telling us that we should not provide by saving for a rainy day.
He did not tell us that we should not be good stewards of our material possessions.
He is not telling us that we should not enjoy the goods things that God provides for us.
So neither having possessions, nor making provision for the future, nor enjoying the gifts of God are included in the ban on earthly treasures.
What Jesus forbids His disciples is
the selfish accumulation of goods;
extravagant and luxurious living; the hardheartedness which does not feel compassion for the world’s under-privileged. Jesus is talking about the foolish fantasy that a person’s life consists of his material possessions
and what he owns.
The real truth is that we own nothing on this earth. It all belongs to God and He just allows
us to use it for short time.
Jesus is telling us that we are to hold our material possessions lightly. I am a photographer and I have had people tell me that I should copyright my pictures so that no one can copy them.
My feeling is that they don’t belong to me, they belong to God. If God wants someone else to use them that is His privilege.
We need to feel this way about all
material possessions. We can take
none of them with us. As Job said, “I came into this world naked and I will return naked.”
We had nothing when we were born and we will take nothing with us.
Our treasure should be stored in
heaven. That is the only place they
will last. What are the treasures that we store in heaven? It is all that we do for God.
These treasures are our love for God, our love for our family,
our love for others and showing that love of Jesus that flows through us.
Our treasures are where our Hearts
are. Our hearts need to be about
heavenly things not material things.
“It is time to serve like royalty and reign like servants.” (Bill Johnson)