Matthew 6:19-21 - The Verses Project

Bible Matthew 6:19-21

Posted October 14, 2013

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.

It is hard to not think about the American dream when considering laying up treasures on earth.  We live in a culture that is driven by the mantra to live life to the fullest with little to no regard for eternity.  But for Christians, living life to the fullest has a completely different meaning.  To “lay up treasures on earth” is to be likened to the rich young fool in Luke 12 who says, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:19-21, ESV)  As Christians we are called to something much greater than the fading rewards and treasures on earth.  We are called to be spiritually rich toward God!  The riches we have in Christ far surpass the empty treasures of the world.

While the Bible does not explicitly condemn wealth, it does issue many clear warnings against allowing our hearts to be lured into the complacency and idolatry that far too often accompanies it (Luke 12:15). The tragic reality of a life wasted storing up treasures on earth is that your reward exists only in this present life and not in the everlasting.  We can’t take these treasures with us.  But, treasure on earth is not limited to money, it can be anything that we find greater satisfaction in other than God himself. We must guard our hearts against finding ultimate satisfaction in fleeting earthly treasure by holding them loosely. In his commentary on The Sermon on the Mount, Martin Lloyd-Jones says this, “I do not cling to these things.  They do not become the centre of my life and existence.  I do not live for them or dwell upon them constantly in my mind; they do not absorb my life.  On the contrary I hold them loosely… I am not governed by them; rather do I govern them; and as I do this I am steadily securing, and safely laying up for myself, 'treasures in heaven.'"

May we live life to the fullest by treasuring Christ above all else, for “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.


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