Word For The Day: Treasures

I believe that everything we do and say comes from what is inside of us, from what our heart desires and craves. When we look at the Bible, it is very clear that God desires what is best for us and most glorifying to him, and he knows that what will satisfy you the most is to invest your time and resources to create wealth and treasures in heaven. Look at what Jesus said in Matthew 6:19–21,

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

What does it mean?

The Bible teaches that the heart is the seat of the personality; it is where our will starts and then it translates into action. Everything we think, say and do springs out of what our heart desires. Jesus says in Luke 6:45 that “out of the abundance of the heart speaks the mouth.” So, if our heart desires money and things of this world, we will live to chase after things that rust and perish; we will live with uncertainty and fear because we will be afraid of it being stolen or just lost somehow. However, what Jesus is commanding and teaching us here is that our hearts must desire that which is eternal, only then will we invest in storing up treasures in heaven. If we invest in heaven, we will never lose it; no one will steal it and it will never rust away.

Yet, how do we know where we are investing? Jesus answers and says: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What is it that your heart desires? You have to honestly analyze your habits, your thoughts and your behaviors and you will be able to answer that question.

What does it mean to me?

Jesus desires that you invest in what matters. Sadly, our deceitful heart often desires things that perish and rust away. No one invests in what he or she does not desire; you always have a choice, but what does your heart want? Where does your money go? Do you sacrifice for the spread of the Gospel? Where is your time spent? Do you spend time knowing God and serving him and others? It will be a waste of a life if you spent countless hours of your earthly life on things that had no echo in eternity. I plead with you; spend your life on that which is eternal. You will only have this life and you must invest in eternity. May God help us live a life that glorifies him.

Pastor Hector