Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal.
But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal;
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light.
But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).
It’s a trap that none of us are immune to. They materialism trap. Everywhere you look there are ads for “things” that will bring us the illusion of “happiness,” if you buy them. And if you cannot afford them, charge them. That slogan for Visa comes to mind, “Visa, it’s everywhere you want to be.” “You want to be,” hmmm. Is it where you should be though?
We must carefully guard our hearts and minds from this deception. Stuff and money will NEVER make us happy or fulfill us. If we crave the “things” of this world and spend all of our energy trying to get our piece of the pie, we are being very foolish. This world has a “limited time only” sticker on it. We cannot take any of the things that we acquire while here into eternity.
Jesus is trying to help us realize this in these Scriptures. Our focus should always be on our “eternal” treasure. Treasure that we will have FOREVER and can NEVER be taken from us!
How do we earn treasure? There are many ways that we can earn and store up treasures…when we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, when we give from the heart, when we are quick to obey. These are all opportunities to build a storehouse of treasure in eternity.
There are two other devotions that we have done that go well with this one. You may want to do a further study into this topic…
Living in Light of Eternity
Never let yourself forget that we are aliens in this world. We are only here for a limited time. Our home is with the Lord. Our future home and treasure should be our priority, not what we can gain here…
Daddy God, thank You for Your Word. While I want to be blessed in this life, please help me to remember what really matters. Please help me to never focus so much on the here and now, that I forget where I am going. I pray that You not only bless me now, but teach me to store up my eternal blessings and treasure FIRST. Teach me, Lord. And help me to never forget that my life is not my own, it is Yours, and for Your glory! In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In His Love and Service,
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