A disciple’s treasure is in heaven not on earth. The Lord taught His disciples, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21, NASB).
Earthly treasures can get lost, stolen, diminished by the elements, but treasures in heaven remain. No one can lose it, steal it, and neither can it be destroyed by any substance. And to store treasures in heaven, we set our hearts on heavenly things, we set our hearts on the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
If we have the proper perspective when it comes to our true treasures then our spiritual life will be good; however, the opposite is darkness of the soul, “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is [l]bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23, NASB).
Wealth can be another form of a lord. Others may have made wealth into a god. They pursue it, idolize it, crave for it, worship it, longs for it, and honors it. The disciple only serves God through Christ. No one else. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matthew 6:24, NASB).
Be a disciple
- We set our hearts on the things of kingdom. We devote ourselves to learning and submitting to His will. And we dedicate ourselves to teaching others about the kingdom of God.
- Our eyes must be clear. We are focused on God and the kingdom. This is all we live for. How we conduct our lives is in alignment to His will whether at work, home, church, or community.
- Only God is our master through Christ. Money is not our master. Wealth is only a tool to advance the kingdom. And it should be treated as such.
- Teach the Lord’s followers the value of eternal treasures and the temporal nature of earthly treasures.
- Share how they can store up treasures in heaven by being focused on the kingdom of God.
- What do I think of most of the time? What do I dream of? Are my dreams pertaining to the kingdom? Or are my dreams materialistic?
- Where is my focus? What is my vision? Is the kingdom of God front and center? Do I see my present and future aligned to God’s will?
- What is my perspective concerning wealth? Is it the main thing to pursue? Do I admire people because of their riches? Or do I see wealth simply as a tool to serve the true master, the Lord Jesus.