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.
Why do we hold so tightly to things that can be so easily destroyed or corrupted, things that can be taken from us with no hope for their return? Why would we value so highly things that would not even last the length of our short lifetime on Earth? Often what we’re really doing is trying to find something that can last, something dependable that makes us feel safe and assured. But things cannot do that. What we’re really longing after is the stability and safety that can only be found in Jesus. What we’re recognizing innately is that we want something to cling to that will never go away, something that can last for all eternity, this vague sense of forever that our finite minds can’t comprehend.
So when we’re building our lives, when we’re accumulating treasure, let’s make sure it’s not the kind that’s going to go away someday, no matter how stable it may seem in our eyes. But let’s look to the treasure trove of heavenly wisdom and the storehouses of God’s grace and the abundance that we can find living in Him, with Him as our focus and Him always on our minds. When we have the right priorities, we’ll be filling the barns of heaven with treasure for Him that cannot be consumed or ruined or burned up.
When our hearts, these feeble hearts of ours that are just longing for God, are already dwelling in heaven, focusing on the heavenly, we’ll find ourselves much more fulfilled than when our hearts are consumed by corruptible things. The beauty of heavenly fruit is that it continues to multiply, while earthly treasures just kind of sit there. Those things people clamor after to have and to hold, to possess and accumulate will eventually go away. They will be left behind for others to fight over. But when we serve God and win souls and help others, those things accumulate in heaven, never to be lost, stolen, thrown away, or destroyed.
To be satisfied during our time here on Earth, we don’t need to amass a bunch of stuff. Oftentimes it’s what is unseen that is more valuable—inner peace, the hope of heaven, faith in God, enduring love, the joy of the Lord. Those are the things we really want that we try to satisfy with things because they’re available and that’s what the world tell us we should do. But life is not about having things that make us look rich or successful or accomplished on the outside, but it is about living faithfully for the Lord and serving Him with a heart seeking to please Him. And when we do that, we’ll find that that is more valuable than any treasure we could find on Earth.