This devotion was originally written for the Chase Oaks Church website. Read the Devotion on the Chase Oaks website…..
19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.20“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;21for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The verses for today’s devotion come in the middle of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which could also be called “How to Live a Christian Life 101.”
When Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth” He didn’t mean that we can’t have nice things. Just look at Job, Abraham, Solomon, and others in the Bible that God blessed with earthly wealth. Instead, it’s the last verse here that gets to the heart of the matter—and it is your heart: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” No matter what our economic status is here on earth, our hearts and our treasures should always be focused on the things of heaven and our eternal rewards.
When I was little, I couldn’t wait for Christmas. I would be on my best behavior (at least from Thanksgiving until Christmas) because I knew that if I was good and obeyed my parents, I would get presents. However, whether I was naughty or nice or got presents or not, Christmas would still come. This is a somewhat weak analogy of storing up our treasures in heaven.
Instead of focusing on being good to get material things on earth, my heart should be focused on storing up treasures in heaven eternally. Storing up treasures in heaven comes from following the teachings and commands of Jesus and the Bible including loving others, caring for those in need, telling others about Jesus and salvation, and being a light in this dark world. Doing these things will earn me eternal rewards.
Salvation is not by works, but eternal rewards are. Whether I manage to earn a few eternal rewards or a bunch (naughty or nice), I will still get to heaven (if I have a saving faith in Jesus). I just won’t have as many rewards waiting for me when I get there.
Where is your treasure? Here in the temporal world or in heaven for all eternity?
Written by Diana Wells
Wife of Gerry, mother of Caleb, child of God.