“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21
Ouch. Jesus continues to speak with conviction here. How hard is it to read through this and not be convicted? It’s impossible.
A person’s priorities are reflected by two sets of records: checkbooks and appointment books. In other words, where a person spends their money and their time is proof of what they truly value. Saying “this is important to me” is hypocrisy if not backed up with the way our lives are lived.
This well-known verse goes to the heart of Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1–2). Most people in Jesus’ audience grew up believing what mattered most to God was performance: action, behavior, and words. The Pharisees were thought to be the most spiritual because they closely followed behaviors tied to rules, regulations, and traditions. What Christ has been teaching is that God cares most about what His people are thinking and feeling. Righteous actions matter but are truly righteous only when accompanied by a devoted heart (Matthew 6:1–2, 5–6, 16–17).
Kind of amazing when you think of how this relates to the times. The history here is fascinating. Jesus’ audience here were so hard-wired to believe that what mattered most to God was performance. That probably, no definitely, translated to having ones actions seen. Having ones actions noticed by one’s neighbors so that they could get “credit” for the action.
Ever feel that way? Oh, I’m going to church so that I can check that box off or get “credit” in God’s eyes for going. For being there.
Not quite what we need to focus on here. Yes, going to church is a good thing when it’s driven by the desire in the heart to go because you want to worship God. Learn more about God. Spend time with God.
Our hearts. No stranger to deception and lies. But..when fed with the right spiritual food, a place that can lead us into the presence of God.