|Where Are You Laying Up Your Treasure?|
Matthew 6:19-21 (RSV)
Many people in society today, even professing Christians, live their lives in a continual pursuit of wealth and things. It is the primary focus of their lives. They wish to earn more money to get more things. Enough is never enough. "How much more money do you need?", the millionaire is asked. He responds, "Just a little bit more." "How many more things do you need?" He says again, "Just a few more."
Contentment never comes because many are caught in a vicious cycle that places the focus on the perishable things of this world rather than on the imperishable things above. Scripture teaches that as surely as we brought nothing into this world when we were born, we will take nothing with us when we die. We should be content with what the Lord has blessed us with. Food, clothing, and shelter are all gifts from God. He must be given the praise, glory, and honor for these blessings. And this should motivate us to not only be content with what we have, but to be more generous to others in need. But many, even professed Christians, fail in this area and fall into the deception that the pursuit of money and material things will bring contentment. Alas, in the end it brings only ruin and destruction. So well does 1 Timothy 6:3-11 encapsulate this concept and how Christians should live:
As followers of Christ, we should seek the things that are above rather than those things that are earthly. (Colossians 3:2) We should have an eternal perspective that causes us to lay up our treasure in heaven where it is imperishable. The pursuit of earthly treasure not only takes our focus away from Jesus Christ and heaven, but it is futile because earthly treasure is perishable and cannot be taken with you when you die.
How do we lay up treasure in heaven? By living a life of thankfulness to God for the many blessing we receive from Him. By being content with what we have. And by having a generous spirit. In this way we may live a life that is characterized by righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfast, and gentleness. In short, a life that brings glory and honor to God.