Verse of the Day Devotion: Matthew 6:21
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21
What do we treasure? This is the question I ask myself when I read this verse. Do not answer this hastily. What things do we spend the bulk of our time thinking about? Are they things that are found in this life, or are they things we shall have in the next life? Now this verse is not saying that we should not think about our lives here. What it is asking is what do we desire more? What takes priority?
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,” Matthew 6:19. Jesus first discusses the things here in this life. Is our priority those things that bring us pleasure here? These can consist of the latest clothing fashions, the most elegant jewelry, the most opulent houses and vehicles. The finest foods, the most expensive treasures, the most beautiful decorations. They also consist of those things that lift us up above others, such as fame, and what gives us pleasure here. Are these what we desire to the point we put our focus on attaining them?
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“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20. Is our priority that which pleases God, brings Him glory and provides what is necessary to prepare for our eternal existence after this life is over? We are joint heirs with Christ. Therefore, our inheritance is the Kingdom of God. “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?” 1 Corinthians 6:9a.
So, to sum this up, which is more important to us? Is it our temporary life here, or our eternal life in God’s Kingdom? Whichever is more important than the other will be what we focus on. Do we obey God’s or our own desires for us? Remember who’s we are. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So, glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. And to bring Him glory, we fulfil our calling from God. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20. Our calling is to spread the good news of Christ, either through direct teaching and/or showing the love of Christ, to all we come across. We are to share Christ though words and deeds. If we see a need, meet it. This may mean sacrifice, but is that not what Christ did for us? The world needs to know God loves them and our message and good deeds will meet that need.
So, in closing, which of the two above is most important and is our focus? Treasures on earth or treasures in heaven? Our life here is temporary, our life in heaven will be eternal. Where we store our treasures will give us the answer. As for me, I want to store up for the next life. I pray this is your focus as well. William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.