“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be too.” Matt 6:19-21
So I’ve got a few questions for you: 1] Where is your heart? 2] What do you treasure? I mean, what do you really care about? What do you focus your attention on? When you’re not really thinking about anything in particular, what does your mind keep coming back to? If you had three wishes, what would you wish for? Here’s another way to say it: What do you really love, with all your heart?
You know, this whole subject is built on the assumption that whatever you treasure, whatever you focus on, whatever the desires of your heart are, THAT is where your heart will be. If you focus on earthly treasures, like money and stuff, then your heart will be fixed on them; but if you focus on heavenly treasures, meaning your relationship with God, like reading His Word, and meditating on it, and trusting God and obeying Him; then your heart will be fixed on God. Just like it says in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (read ‘money and stuff’) will be added to you [as well].”
So where is YOUR heart? Are you focused on your job, your investments, your 401(K), your money in the bank and your cattle out West? Are you focused on your recreational pursuits; fishing or hunting, playing golf or tennis, skiing or hiking or camping, travel and entertainment, beer and football, dancing and partying? OR are you focused on seeking God, drawing nearer to God, developing a close personal relationship with God; serving others, helping them, feeding them, praying for them and telling them your stories about what God is doing in your life?
I pray this passage for you and me. I pray that we really will focus on God in all our days and all our ways, so that our hearts will be entirely on our heavenly Father, and we will have that relationship with God that is called being ‘born again’, being ‘saved’, or having eternal life, where we are truly changed, because we have surrendered our whole selves to Jesus, so He can live HIS ETERNAL LIFE in us.