“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust 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
The human heart enjoys earthly possessions. Money is the ticket to having a nicer home, faster car, an increase in prestige, and a life of comfort. However, all of these material “treasures” can’t bring ultimate joy to the soul.
Wealthy people may have access to more material comfort, but God freely gives unlimited comfort.Tweet
This spiritual treasure can’t be destroyed. As Jesus said, thieves can’t break in to steal your relationship with God. Therefore, storing up treasure in heaven is much more secure than the most advanced security system on the planet.
I grew up in an affluent home. I am thankful for all the hard work my parents did to give me material things. The money they spent was a true blessing, but the greatest blessing was and still is my relationship with them.
Having parents who care, love, and respect you is infinitely better than what they or the world can materially give to you. The same is true with God. He owns the whole world like He states in Psalm 50: 11-12:
“for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.”
Even though God owns all the earthly possessions, He voluntarily leaves it for us to cultivate. Unfortunately, the greed of humankind causes many woes. People fight for material wealth and are willing to lose their soul over it.
“What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?” -Mark 8:36Tweet
Consequently, it is imperative not to store up your treasures on this earth. Our lives here are temporary. As Christians, our desire should be to eagerly anticipate the new heavens and earth.
“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:1-4
God created this beautiful world. The sun, galaxies, cucumbers, and starfish are meant to shadow the love and grace of our Creator. However, when sin entered into the world, everything was infected. The Bible says, “Creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed in the new heavens and earth (Rom. 8:19).”
Does this mean earthly possessions are bad? No. Does this mean we should remain poor? No. God wants us to enjoy our money, but with this caveat. I think it is said best by Agur from the book of Proverbs.
“Two things I ask of you, LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” -Proverbs 30:7-9
The moral of the story is this: Be content with your wages. Work diligently to make a decent living. Do not be covetous. Put all your hope and trust in your relationship with God. He is the only sure foundation we have. Let’s pray.
Dear heavenly Father, everything belongs to you. We are simply stewards of this material world. Remind us not to put our hope in money but in you. Encourage us to store up treasures in heaven through sharing the gospel, praying, and spending quality time with you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.