September 7, 2023

Joel Hernandez
"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.”
Matthew 6:19-21

In our flesh, we can often be consumed by the pursuit of material wealth and possessions. I know I have been guilty of this from time to time. In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus offers a profound perspective on where our true treasures should lie and calls us to examine the posture of our hearts.

Earthly treasures are fleeting. Idolizing and treasuring things of the world leads us to have hardened hearts, being more self-serving and less generous and aware of the needs around us. We may feel that with more things and financial abundance comes security, happiness, power, importance, and contentment. But as soon as any actual or perceived threat to our belongings arises, we are rattled, distressed, and anxious.

How do we instead store up for ourselves treasures in heaven? I’m reminded of the verse we discussed earlier in the week, reminding us that everything we have is from God and God alone. This allows us the freedom to give abundantly and be supernaturally content with the things God has entrusted us with. We honor God with our budget and spending, being obedient in giving, and using money as a tool to further God’s Kingdom instead of building our own.

Let us hold the things of this world loosely. Everything we have has been given to us by God. May we honor Him in the way that we steward our time, talents, and treasures.