“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).
What is your treasure? Is it your husband, wife, children, or significant other? Is it your job, house, car, or money? Maybe it’s your jewelry, clothes, or other possessions. Perhaps your treasure is your educational status or talent. Anything can be a treasure if you value it. There is nothing wrong with things or valuing them. What’s wrong is how you value a thing. Some things may be of little value in themselves, but if you value something more than your relationship with God, then that thing becomes your treasure. Value is taken in the sense that this meditation is speaking about, worth in usefulness or importance to the possessor. When the scripture says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,” store up may be rephrased as, “Do not give priority to this but give priority to that.”
The passage does not mean that it is sinful to have assets such as insurance, retirement plan, and saving accounts. God gives us the desires of our hearts and provides for our every need. He is the possessor of all things. When we fail to recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from God, we will start giving ourselves credit for everything we’ve obtained in life. Once that happens, we pat ourselves on the back and say, “Look what I have done.” The very thing that we treasure on earth is the very thing that moth and rust can destroy or thieves could break in and steal. We must realize our treasures are tangible things. The treasures we have today will not last always, but eternity with God will last forever. Reevaluate the things you value and ask yourself the question—What is my treasure—things or God?