“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.”
Eternal Dangers of Material Wealth
Where we spend our time and money reveals a very deep, internal, and personal revelation about our soul. Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 give us a poignant lesson on the eternal dangers of material wealth:
- Jesus issues an imperative command (not a suggestion) to refrain from storing up earthly treasures.
- Jesus restricts a behavior but also addresses the root cause of the behavior.
- Diagnosing the problem, Jesus says your treasure reveals the condition of your heart and even influences its trajectory.
There is an inherent warning in Matthew 6:19-21 to guard your heart from the temptation and lure of material wealth because your heart gravitates towards that which it places the utmost value upon. Proverbs 4:23 issues a similiar warning, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” The heart is the soul, the image of God imprinted within every human being, and from it flows the springs of life.
Wealth is like an X-ray to our soul.
Our relationship with wealth is like an X-ray to our soul, and to this, much of Scripture speaks of the inherent dangers of wealth.
- Luke 12 – Jesus warns a crowd to guard themselves against greed, but the warning is prompted by one man’s desire to split a family inheritance.
- Luke 18 – A rich young ruler turns away from following Jesus because he is unable to sell all his possessions and distribute them to the poor.
- 1 Timothy 6 – The apostle Paul declares anyone who desires to be rich will fall into temptation because the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.
Talking about eternity leads one to talk about treasure, because where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.
Hope for The Soul
Many have supplanted our God, the creator and giver of life, for the fleeting pleasures of this world. Many have sought refuge for their soul in material gains instead of eternal treasures. Many have forgotten the inevitable appointment to death that every man, woman, and child will keep. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” If all of mankind is waiting for death, then where does man find hope for his soul? The apostle Paul tells us the hope for our soul is the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Eternity is only available through Christ, and our relationship with wealth is paramount in inevitably receiving or denying the free gift of God in Christ Jesus, “for where your treasure is there your heart will also be.”
The question posed for us today is, “Where is your treasure?”
This is the second entry in Heaven: A Blog Series.