Treasure In Heaven
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
What is Jesus drawing our attention to by saying that moth and rust can destroy the things we love?
Where do you, and how do you, store up treasure that cannot be stolen or ruined?
According to Jesus, what do the things we treasure tell us about ourselves?
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21)
If our heart goes where our treasure is, and Jesus calls for us to put our treasure in heaven, then where must our hearts be?
Money: “a fog which always obscures reality” – G.K. Chesterton
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it; “Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble with it. – Franklin
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot
24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money (Matt. 6:24).
God isn’t after our money - He doesn’t need it. He is after your heart. As a good father should, he won’t let you spend your life chasing down a meal that will never satisfy you. He will chase you instead, and command that you come to him alone if you are thirsty or hungry (John 6:35). The Bible says “taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). Today, take God up on his offer of satisfaction. Look at your heart; your money; your calendar, and see if you are running hard after something that isn’t going to last.
Have you placed your ultimate hope on things that can be taken away?
God isn’t calling the things of the world bad (after all, he made them), but He does tell us that we will never be whole if we place our trust in them. Time and time again we spend our time, money and energy chasing things that promise more than they give. Turn to Christ for your wholeness. Place your trust and treasure in Him and you will never live to regret it. This is what faith looks like. Give it a try.
Ask God to forgive you if your heart’s treasure has been in the wrong place. Ask today for a heart that sees and feels the supreme value and worth God.
John MacArthur Sermon: https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/80-38/avoiding-the-love-of-money