16. Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Heart Will Be Also
19. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24. “No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money. 25. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26. Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27. Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28. “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31. So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32. For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
You Cannot Serve Both God and Money (V. 24)
We have two worlds in front of us. In one world, we seek our own kingdom and righteousness, whereas in another, we seek God’s Kingdom and His righteousness. Among the two, we can only choose one world. If we love our own kingdom and righteousness, His kingdom and righteousness are hurt. On the other hand, if we seek His kingdom and righteousness, our kingdom and righteousness are hurt. This is because we can’t serve two masters at the same time. We can’t serve both God and money.
Where Your Treasure Is (V. 21)
Treasure is what you cherish the most. What would be the treasure of man? The treasure hidden deep inside a man is his self-love. The thing man wants to protect and keep the most is himself. Man loves money because he believes that it can protect him. Money gives us the ability to preserve ourselves. It makes us glorious. With money, we can do what we want. We love money because we love ourselves. Where our treasure is, our heart will also be because our treasure is ourselves. Jesus said, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters -- yes, even his own life -- he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke14:26)
Store Up for Yourselves Treasures in Heaven (V. 20)
Where are your treasures, on earth or in heaven? This question is asking whether your greatest treasure is yourself or the Lord Himself. Storing up your treasures in heaven means that you pour yourself into the Lord. If the greatest thing you value is yourself, the treasures you will store will be only for yourself. However, if you love the Lord, you will spend yourself for the Lord. Paul said, “So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well.” (2 Cor. 12:15).
The Eye Is the Lamp of the Body (V. 22)
Therefore, the question becomes, “What is the most valuable treasure in my eyes?” If your eyes are bright, you can discern what is important and what is not. Once you recognize the glory of the people who are selfless, you can also realize how vain it is to fall in love with yourselves. It is like holding on to a broken cistern. If you know, you wouldn’t pour your water into a broke cistern. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. So, Paul said, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” (Eph. 1:17,18)
Do Not Worry (V. 25)
What happens if I am spent for the Lord and my treasures are poured out for Him? Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” This is the confession of a person who seeks God’s Kingdom and His righteousness first. Nevertheless, we still have the same possibility of getting sick or being injured in an accident. Seeking God’s Kingdom and righteousness won’t reduce the possibility of an accident or our problem of poverty. Rather, when we seek God’s Kingdom and His righteousness, our godly sorrow cleanses us. It is written, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.” (2 Corinthians 7: 10,11). The pain of one day is enough for that day.
His Kingdom and His Righteousness
His Kingdom and His righteousness are the plumb-line which straightens and organizes everything in our lives. In the world of my kingdom and my righteousness I act to be seen by others. On the other hand, in the world of His kingdom and His righteousness, everything is done by God, who sees what is done in secret. My righteousness always creates hatred and disputes. With my righteousness, I can’t accept anything different from my own. Then, His kingdom can’t come. On the other hand, if we live by God’s righteousness, we have nothing else to do other than to give thanks and praise to God. We have nothing else to talk about other than the grace of God we have received. When people live their lives thinking only about the affairs of God’s Kingdom, their personal problems seem to disappear. Anyone who has tasted God’s righteousness, can’t keep his own self-righteousness.