By Michael Youssef, Ph D. April 22, 2020
Jesus tells us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). It is a teaching that is very countercultural today as many believers focus on building a successful life and legacy here on earth.
God is not against the wise management of His resources. The issue arises when earthly treasure becomes our ultimate security and the measure of our worth. When this happens, we hoard our wealth. We see it as our own rather than on loan from God. We do not allow it to flow freely through our hands to others in need—whether physical or spiritual need.
In this life, we will never know the full impact we have had on others. We may never know if a person to whom we witnessed ever committed himself to Christ or the true impact of the money we gave to spread the Gospel. We may never experience firsthand on earth the impact we have as a Bible study teacher, a small group leader, or a nursery worker. But we will in heaven. In heaven, we will meet those people who learned of God’s love because we focused first on the Kingdom of God.
Are there earthly concerns distracting you from eternal matters?
Prayer: God, help me to store up treasures in heaven rather than here on earth, and help me to remember that what I do for You is what will matter in eternity. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life” (1 Timothy 6:18-19).