19 “Don’t 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 neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t 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 eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness, how deep is that darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
I don’t know what’s happening in our world as you read this in May 2020, but as I am writing this in March, there are some crazy and challenging things taking place. A few weeks ago, tornadoes hit our area. Currently, a virus is affecting people all over the world. These two events have reminded me that nothing on earth is certain, and therefore I must live with an eternal perspective.
In today’s passage, Jesus reminds all of us to live with an eternal perspective. He tells us to store up treasures in heaven rather than on earth, because those treasures will last. He also tells us that the type of treasures we hold dear shows what our hearts truly value. Jesus points out that we cannot serve (meaning we cannot obey or be devoted to) two masters. We must choose to give our devotion either to God (the heavenly treasure) or to money, possessions and property (earthly treasures).
Our eyes can help us recognize where our devotion lies. In verses 22 and 23, Jesus tells us that our eyes are the lamps of our bodies. The Amplified Version describes our eyes as being “clear [spiritually perceptive]” or “bad [spiritually blind].” I ask myself: are my eyes clear, or are they bad? Do I look for evidence of the Holy Spirit at work around me and in my life? Or am I just focused on earthly things? More importantly, what does God see when He looks through my eyes to my heart? Does He see my focus on heavenly treasures, or does He see evidence of earthly treasures?
In recent days, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, I have seen people literally storing up for themselves treasures on earth. Also in recent days, due to the tornadoes that came through our area, I have seen how quickly those earthly treasures can be lost.
I would venture to say that in tough moments like these, when our earthly treasures are being destroyed, clinging to eternal promises and storing up treasures in heaven is almost easy—because it seems like it’s our only option. Here’s the thing, though: in moments of prosperity and peace here on earth, storing up treasures in heaven is still our only option. No matter the circumstances, the fact remains that as Christ-followers, we should live as if our treasure is in heaven…because it—He—is.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Ask yourself the same questions I asked above. Do I look for evidence of the Holy Spirit at work around me and at work in my life? When God looks through my eyes to my heart, does He see my focus on heavenly treasures, or does He see evidence of earthly treasures?
- Read and pray these scriptures as reminders of where to place your focus and attention: Psalm 73:25-26, Isaiah 26:3, 1 John 5:21, Luke 12:32, and Romans 8:5-8.