Here Jesus gives a counter-cultural perspective on life. The Jewish culture was built upon God’s laws. Jesus puts a spotlight on the heart.
Jesus knew the power earthly treasures could wield over a person’s heart. Rather than condemn the ownership of material possessions, Jesus warns to not “lay up for yourselves treasures.”
We are stewards and were never meant to accumulate possessions for the purpose of self-gratification.
What does this command from Jesus imply about the way we are to live?
So how are we supposed to view our possessions? What are we supposed to do? Jesus says, “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven."
What does that mean? It means to invest in eternal things; in the souls of man and the Word of God.
Are you investing in things that will last for all eternity? Can your possessions be used in any way to make disciples of Jesus?
Jesus has been and continues to desire the affection of your heart.
The place you are investing your treasure (on earth or in heaven) is a clear indicator of where your heart is. Much like a thermometer, the way in which we interact with our material possessions reflects the temperature of our love for the Lord. Have you made that connection?
Possession of or seeking after money can have intrinsic power over our hearts. There is one God, and He says there is no extra room on His throne. So we should ask ourselves, “What are my possessions doing to me?
Jesus makes it clear—you cannot serve God and money. They are mutually exclusive. Both demand your full allegiance. If you really treasure God then you cannot be mastered by money.
When a church recognizes the nearness of Jesus’ return, they are bound to commit themselves to a certain kind of life.
A person who lives in light of eternity isn’t very concerned with status symbols. An eternity-minded Christian uses his or her home for shelter and hospitality. What can you do right now to change the narrative about your possessions? What can you give away this week that is just collecting dust and would be a blessing to someone else? How can you use the home God gave you to bring glory to His name?
Paul understood this truth. Though he had accomplished much in his life, he counted it all as loss in light of what Jesus did for him. As you walk through this day, do you want to lean on your own strength or lean on the Jesus and find great fulfillment?