|Matthew 6:19-34 New International Version (NIV)
Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
James regularly calls open the wisdom of the sermon of the mount throughout his letter and you can see the similarities between James 5:1-6 and Matthew 6:9-21 here.
Jesus clearly says that you cannot serve two masters, God and money. He also outlines an eternal perspective. Where we place our treasure speaks of the state of our heart. If you store up treasures for yourself, your heart will be focussed on yourself, with a temporal, earthly perspective. If you store up treasures in heaven, your heart will be focussed with a heavenly, eternal perspective
Spend some time today to consider the following questions
- Verse 24 says that we can serve either God or money but not both. What practical steps can we take so that we are not tempted to serve money?
- How does this passage challenge us as we consider how we use our money?
Have a good day
Pastor Jon Keel