The most expensive investment we ever make is generally our home. The second most expensive item we buy is generally a vehicle. Note, I consider the house to be an investment but not the vehicle. Today we can buy a property, spruce it up, and maybe even make some updates or additions. If the real-estate market is good, after those updates, we will probably see a good return on our investment. With that vehicle, on the other hand, the second we drive it off the car lot it has already dropped its value. It doesn’t matter if we put new parts on it, new tires, or anything else, it will not exceed our purchase price. So what happens to these most valued items we have? The home may face termites, hail damage, wind damage, fire damage, or flood damage. By the way, most home insurances do not automatically include flood damage, that will cost you extra. The vehicle could have an accident, be stolen, or a tree could fall on it. We understand how easy our investments could be taken from us, so we insure those items to protect them. Our passage today presents an opportunity to apply for a heavenly insurance policy.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV)
God promises to protect our investments if they are laid in the proper place. So, how exactly do you lay treasures in Heaven? The first treasure we lay up in heaven is our salvation, and the following treasures are the Kingdom Works that God has called us to. When I think of a treasure, I think of something I invest time and money into. True treasures or our most prized possessions are the items that we pour the most of our time and energy into. I feel this passage is more like God warning us about our priorities. He is instructing us not to put all of our focus, energy, talents, and money into things that don’t matter spiritually. My question for you today is what is your most prized possession? Is it your house or car? We have already discussed their fates. Perhaps it is your family. As a father of an eight month old daughter that I LOVE A LOT, it pains me to say that there will be days that my daughter will not like me. God forbid there may even be a day that she turns her back on me. I love her, but if she is my treasure, then I have things out of order. There is a passage that instructs us to seek first the Kingdom and everything else will fall into its place. We need shelter, we need food, and we are to cherish our families. However, if these things are our treasures, we may find out what Job found out… God gives and He takes away. Job was faithful and received a GOOD return on his investment. Abraham was promised a son, and then he was told to sacrifice that son. In his obedience, a ram was supplied. God was asking Abraham what his treasure was. Abraham showed that God was his treasure by being faithful, and God provided for him in return. If we all were to list our priorities or treasures in life, there is no doubt that our lists would look different. My list would be as follows: Number One God, number two spouse, Number three children, number four my job and number five my church. Your list will look different. However I would argue that if your number one is not God, then you are starting off wrong. Today’s passage to me is God reminding us to prioritize. He wants us to focus and pour all of our energy and resources into being faithful, thus storing our treasures in heaven, and He will issue an insurance guarantee on our investments.
Dear Gracious Heavenly Father, I pray that we will be a generation that stores up for ourselves treasures of Kingdom importance. Teach us what those treasures are, and give us the strength to walk obedient to you. God, bless your faithful children today. We pray this in the name of our faithful provider, Jesus Christ. Amen.