Do not store up[i] for yourselves treasures[ii] on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matt. 6:19-21)
I have been saying this a lot lately, and I have been trying to be more heavenly minded.
When you think about it, our lives are not only fragile but momentary. My life could end at virtually any time, and if I live to be 100, it will be over when it is over.
We tend to think that the present circumstances and plans for our lives are the weightiest things, are life itself. But, no present circumstance or future plan is more than a wisp of mist in the fog of eternity. If we are eternal beings, we should not waste so much of our time, efforts and energy on what we can accumulate in this life.
Before the treasures in heaven statements, Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer (They Kingdom come….) and spoke about fasting (do not fast so men can see, but fast so that only your Father in heaven can see). (Matt. 6:16-18) Who is the audience of your life? Who’s favor do you seek? God or men?
Immediately after the treasures in heaven statement Jesus added, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” (Matt. 6:25)
Tying these all together, we should pray for God’s kingdom to come; we should conduct ourselves not so that men notice, but so God notices; we store up treasures in heaven, not accumulate things on earth that will not last; and we cannot serve two masters – we cannot serve both God and money at the same time.
Are you heavenly minded? Or are you more mindful of your present circumstances and future plans?
We are (or should be) planning for our futures, but what futures are we planning for? Are we primarily planning for an earthly future? If so, our plans are short-sighted. We are storing up treasures. The question is: what are those treasures that you are storing away?
“Thy kingdom come….” The kingdom of God that Jesus taught us to pray for is the treasure that we seek. Conversely, we are the treasure God seeks!
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matt. 13:44)
The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matt. 13:45-46)
The kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. (Matt. 13:47-48)
God seeks disciples, like the merchant looking for pearls or fisherman casting nets for good fish.
So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 13:49-50)
We think in terms of our treasure, but we should be more concerned with what God treasures. We want our treasure to be in God’s storehouse, because God’s storehouse is not subject to rot, decay or rust. God’s storehouse is eternal.
[i] 2343/thēsaurízō – literally, to put (place), “store up”; lay aside treasure, accumulated for the day of future recompense.
[ii] 2344/thēsaurós (from 5087/títhēmi, “place, set”) – literally, stored-up treasure (riches); (figuratively) a storehouse of treasure, like treasured-thoughts stored in the heart and mind.
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