- “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mt. 6:19-21)
The last verse contains a warning offering great wisdom and insight. Where are the true affections of our heart directed? Since the final destination of this section is “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Mt. 6:33), Jesus was setting clear and easily identified boundaries. If my heart’s affection and energy is primarily directed toward material things, then I have a problem with money. It is just that simple. But if I am truly seeking first His kingdom, then my money and heart’s attention will be focused there. First, we add up our giving to the Lord on the first day of the week, the money we use to help those in need, and the sacrifices we have made “seeking first His kingdom” and place them on one side of the scale. Then, we place all our possessions, desires, and use of money on the other side of the balance, it will be evident where our true interests lie.