Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal-Matthew 6:19
Matthew 6:19 was always confusing to me. I repeatedly recalled the story read to me as a child about the farm animals that did not bother with storing food in preparation for another day when it wasn’t so plentiful. However, one animal did store food just for that purpose, while the other animals played and delayed. That day came when there was no food and only one animal had enough food to bridge the gap.
Matthew 6:19 is similar, but the difference is we are to not store the things of this world, material, fleshly desires, temporal rewards because they don’t last. We can’t take them with us. After all, you’ll never see a U-haul following a hearse!
The following verse goes on to say,
20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
This is what we should be storing. Our obedience to God. Loving others, helping others, giving of ourselves selflessly. We are to lift up those in need, encourage anyone who is poor and lowly in spirit. This is sacrificing ours for the sake of theirs. Christ Jesus did that and instructs, even commands, that we do the same.
The last verse says,
21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Wow, that cuts deep, right? Whatever we are passionate about, whatever we love most, and wherever our priorities lie is where our heart is too. What if Christ Jesus knocked on your front door today and asked to see your checkbook, bank statement, or your online accounts? What would He find? What would He see? What conclusion could He draw about where your heart is based on the things you treasure?
His treasure must be our treasure also. What He values, we must value. What are His priorities, must be ours as well. If not, we are putting our treasure, our heart, and our eternity in something other than Him.🙏
“Such is the one who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich in relation to God.”
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