FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will also. Matthew 6:19-21
One of the things that we had opportunity to do on vacation this summer was have dinner with my wife’s aunts in Minnesota. As I was visiting with one of her aunts, she told me her story of downsizing from her house to an apartment. Her children had a big truck drop off a roll off trash container and they began tossing her earthly “treasures” into the trash. I had to appreciate her sense of humor as she said with a gentle smile and a chuckle, “I wasn’t sure of what they were throwing away, but whatever it was I guess I didn’t really need it and whatever it was I don’t really miss it either.”
In our above Scripture passage Jesus gives a command to the His disciples, “Do not store up (another word that can be used is ‘treasure’) for yourselves treasures on earth.” Another way to say this, “Do not treasure treasures on earth.” Until the words of Jesus come to us we don’t really stop to think about the final result of treasuring our earthly treasures. Jesus reminds us of the outcome, “…where moth, and rust (eating) destroy and where thieves break in and steal.” Within this context Jesus goes on further and says, “No one can serve two masters…You cannot serve God and mammon 6:24.” The gospel of Luke 18 records for us the story of a rich young ruler and the bulk of people in Matthew chapters 5-7 are very poor, so regardless of how much or little wealth we have. We must always be on guard against worshipping the god of materialism.
Jesus does give His disciples the green light to store up treasures in heaven. The command is to start storing and continually be storing. Heavenly treasures are not subject to moth and rust because they are not material possessions. Heavenly treasure is not subject to moth and rust (eating). Your heavenly treasure Jesus Christ cannot betake away from you and it lasts for eternity. Jesus gives His disciples these two commands because, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” A heart devoted to earthly treasures will be destroyed while a heart devoted to heavenly treasures will live forever with its treasured treasure; JESUS!!!