Do Not Lay Up For Yourselves Treasures On Earth
Matthew 6:19 ESV
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal
Sometimes we can become so focused on this earth and what is happening that we forget this world is not our home. As followers of Jesus our home is heaven. We live in a time where many are becoming more hopeless by the day. People for a long time believed they could trust government. They believed that elected officials had their best interest in mind. But as we continue to move forward on this earth, we find out how corrupt people in power are and to put one’s hope in man is simply foolishness.
But there is a true place where hope can be found, and His name is Jesus. No matter what happen on the earth, God is still in control. He is sovereign and He is calling us daily to draw near and trust Him. God is calling us to let go of our own strength, wisdom, and understanding and simply surrender everything to His will and purpose. There are moments in our journey and walk with God where things don’t make much sense, but often that is the point because our walk with God is a journey of faith. It is not about being in control and it is not about leaning on our own understanding.
Jesus here shows us the key. It is not about laying up for ourselves treasures on this earth. If this life is our only focus and aim, at the end we will find how truly empty that is. This life is but a breath in eternity. When we leave this earth, we will spend eternity in one of two places. We will either spend eternity with God Almighty in His kingdom or we will be eternal separated from God in a place of darkness and torment that is beyond anything we can comprehend or imagine. God’s desire is that none would perish, and all would come to everlasting life, but sadly there are many who choose the road that is broad and that leads to destruction.
When we no longer focus on this earth nor laying up treasures, is when we will find true peace. We will let go of all things and simply desire to use every part of our life to glorify and honor Jesus. We will give of our time, talents, and finances to God because we understand they don’t actually belong to us. They have been given to us by Him and He simply calls us to be wise stewards of that which He entrusted us with.
Jesus calls us to have a kingdom mindset and to be Christ centered. We are born into this world self-centered. Our sinful nature desires that we and our wants would be the focus and aim of our lives. But sadly, if we continue down this track it only leads to destruction. But when Christ is our aim and His kingdom is our focus, we will find the grace of God covering every aspect of our lives. The impossible will become possible and the supernatural will become the natural way in which we exist.
Father help me to be kingdom focused. Help me to let go of my selfish wants and desires and to surrender all things into your hands. Father may my heart and mind be one with yours. May you use my life for your glory and may you help me not to lay up treasures on this earth but remember that this world is passing away. That it is not my home. That one day I will live with you in paradise. In the name of Jesus, Amen!