What Do You Treasure?
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Matthew 6:19-21, 24
What is truly important to you? That’s the question Jesus is asking in this passage. That was the question He asked the wealthy, young ruler when Jesus told him to sell all he had and give it to poor. The wealthy man went away sad because he didn’t want to give away his stuff. That’s where his treasure truly was.
When we are told to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself,” we are being told to make God our treasure and then treasure the ways we can serve others.
The world and our sinful nature are constantly trying to get us to make other things our treasure, whether it is money, our car, our house, our image, our phone, etc. But these things will all fade away. They won’t last, but Jesus will. The love we show people in Christ’s name will.
The reason Jesus is saying this isn’t just because He doesn’t want us to waste our time. It’s because He knows that when we make other things our treasure, they become our master. He wants to be our God and doesn’t want us serving some meaningless master, like money. He wants us to serve a God who loves us, cares for us, and is willing to die for us.
I encourage you to take few minutes to reflect on what is truly important to you. To what do you devote your time? On what do you spend your money?
You are the giver of all good gifts. Help me to treasure the one who gives these gifts rather than the gifts themselves.