In November and December 2011, Jason Hardin preached a series of sermons entitled, “What God Says About Your Money.” Part 6 of this series focuses on Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:19-24:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, whether neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
This passages presents us with three groups of two:
- Two treasuries — the present earth and the future heaven (1 Pet 1:3-5).
- Two perspectives — the healthy eye and the bad eye (Eph 5:7-10).
- Two masters — God and money (Exo 34:14).
Practically speaking, what does it mean to store up treasures in heaven? We store up treasures on earth by accumulating and gripping them tightly. We store up treasures in heaven by holding loosely, sharing freely and giving away earthly treasures for God’s kingdom purposes.
Why not begin investing in what has eternal value (Psa 49:16-17)?