“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:21)
Expanded Passage: Matthew 6:19-21
Sarah numbly stared into the garage. There was so much stuff! In a month, the house would go on the market as her family loaded the moving truck and set off to start a new chapter in their lives. Between now and then, mountains of things needed to be sorted, and stacks of boxes waited to be filled. Sarah wistfully shook her head, finally admitting to herself that much of this stuff was a waste of money and space. “Why did I buy it all in the first place?”
There’s an incredible tendency for humans to collect, even hoard, things. Some collecting is to gain status or derive pleasure. Other collecting is a fear response or scarcity mindset. All collecting reflects where our hearts and priorities reside.
Jesus recognized the temptations that come with amassing treasures. Things have the potential to zap our resources, making us cautious and less generous with others. Treasures may also capture our loyalty to something other than God.
Jesus warned his listeners that treasures reveal the heart’s priorities—and the priority should be loyalty to God! When God is first, earthly treasure loses its significance. We’re empowered to love others well, gratefully sharing what we’ve been given. As we compassionately care for those in physical and spiritual need, God’s kingdom comes to earth as our heavenly treasure is being gathered and stored.
Where is your treasure?
Take an inventory to assess where your treasures are being stored.
Angela Alvarado is the assistant editor for Communication and Administration of The Wesleyan Church and a graduate of Wesley Seminary, (IN).
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.