Yesterday we spoke about junk. The garbage in our lives that we need to get rid of. Jesus continues that thought here: “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.” – Matthew 6:20
Jesus is now telling His followers to focus on stockpiling treasures in heaven. These rewards are eternal. They cannot be lost to moths, rust, thieves, or anything else. In financial terminology, they are a far better investment. Christ’s meaning here is not that believers ought to have no possessions, or money, at all. The main theme of the Sermon on the Mount so far, has been the priority of motivations. Our hearts and our sincerity towards God matter most of all, so having wealth is not a problem until we start to prioritize it over godliness.
How did Jesus mean for His followers to store up rewards for themselves in heaven? He has spoken a few times in this Sermon on the Mount of acts God will reward. These have included being persecuted for Jesus’ sake, giving to the needy in secret, praying in secret and fasting without calling attention to oneself. In short, God rewards His people when they lead lives of sincere devotion and worship to Him.
So to take this a step further and to get just a little conviction going here….How devoted is your life to God? Is your life a life of sincere devotion and worship to Him?
Not trying to call anyone out here but really….it’s a good question to ask. I do this often, take a little account of my life, my motives, my desires, my dreams. Ya know, the stuff that i’m trying to surrender more and more to God.
He wants it all. Like…all of it. It’s hard, don’t get me wrong, but it’s in the surrender that we truly find the freedom that Jesus provides….