A Study Of Matthew 6:19-21
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
When I consider verses 19-21 in the context here, I see it as a reminder to continually take heed and inventory of why we do what we do – to examine our own hearts.
Where’s your treasure?
What do you treasure?
What is really most important to you?
Where are our priorities?
God knows for He knows our hearts. So it matters not if you and I are able to fool each other, because the judge of all, the one that ultimately will matter, He seeth in secret. Christ declared that wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Philippians 3:20 says of those who have spiritual life that their “conversation,” meaning their citizenship, is not of this world but rather is in heaven.
They are made citizens of His kingdom and their reward is in heaven, their reward is not found in this world.
But do you and I go about our daily lives as citizens of His kingdom or do we live as if everything is wrapped up in this fleeting, decaying, temporary life on earth?
How are we to lay up for ourselves incorruptible, eternal treasures in heaven?
Well verse 33 of this chapter is helpful as Christ commands there, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. We’re talking about an inheritance that is incorruptible, eternal, and is no less magnificent than that which the Lord of glory Himself, the impeccable, spotless Lamb of God, could merit in His life and death.
That’s got to be good!
In closing, consider God’s word to us as recorded in Colossians 3:1-4 where it reads:
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, (live like it) where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
What motivates you?
Where do you find your reward? Where’s your treasure?
Well, that will tell you where your heart is. That’s the heart of the matter and as I hope you’ve seen – that really does matter.
By Randy Wages