“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 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.”
In 2008 we were hit with a global financial crisis. Many people saw their retirement savings wiped out seemingly overnight. What followed was a severe economic decline marked by record unemployment, home foreclosures, and a radical decline in the standard of living. Financial institutions and systems in which we had placed our trust were unable to deliver on our expectations and their promises.
No matter how hard man works at accumulating wealth and storing up treasures he will never be completely safe. In an imperfect world replete with self-indulgence, hunger for power, and greed, we will always be vulnerable to loss.
Jesus talked about the fragility of earthly treasures and how easily they can be lost. He pointed to the natural forces of this world “where moth and rust…destroy.” Our generation will long remember the devastating loss resulting from a hurricane named Katrina. Jesus then talked about our vulnerability to the wickedness of man “where thieves… break in and steal.”
I can’t imagine that anyone among us has not suffered at least some loss from the recent financial crisis. It has certainly had an impact on me. I just had a flashback to $4 per gallon gasoline — and filing for unemployment.
Surely things can get better and hopefully they will. However, Jesus’ message is that there will never be a time on this earth in which your treasures will be completely safe. The security of your earthly treasure is uncertain.
Jesus offers something far better than accumulated earthly wealth. His instruction to us is to “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” We are to treasure the things of God over the things of man.
Jesus is not telling us that we shouldn’t have a comfortable life on this earth or enjoy some of the nice things that this world has to offer. But He is warning us that earthly treasures should not be our heart’s desire. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
What is it that you truly treasure? What matters most to you? Where is your heart?
When you focus on heavenly treasures you grow in Christ. You become more like Him and see things from His perspective. When you encounter crisis situations on this earth you are better equipped to handle them because you know you have divine help and direction. Your hope is not in things but in God. He enables you to rise above your earthly crisis where there is hope, promise, and exciting possibilities.
Treasure a godly character, a life devoted to His service your relationship with Christ, His instruction, and God’s enormous love for you that required the gift of Jesus’ life. Treasure His provision, protection, power, grace, and mercy. And treasure your accumulated wealth in Jesus Christ.
Set your heart and your mind on eternal heavenly treasures that can never be lost, destroyed, or stolen. Accumulate and hold onto real wealth by putting your heart into living your life for God.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Great Is Your Reward in Heaven
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.