Storing up Treasures in Heaven
Storing up Treasure in Heaven
Mathew 6:19-21 tells us, “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.” So what does this Scripture really mean? How do we store up treasure in heaven? And what kind of treasure is He talking about? We want to take a closer look to find out the true meaning of this. Let’s start by looking at the continuing verses in Matthew 6:22-24, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Well, if you thought that it was going to be easier to understand you may have been wrong, for now we must ask what does one’s eye have to do with treasure in heaven? I mean it doesn’t say where your treasure is, there your eye will be, so now what is with the eye? It seems as though the Messiah Yeshua talks to us in riddles. Let’s break this down. The eye of the body is what allows us to see. The Scripture tells us that it is the lamp of the body. Our eyes use up more of our energy than any other part of our body because it causes such a demand on our brain. Our eyes allow an ocean of information to flow into our brain. So you can see, no pun intended, why it is important that our eyes are healthy. The Bible tells us that God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet. God’s Word is like the eye of our body. With God’s Word we see truth and the road on which we are to walk. If we do not have God’s Word then we do not see. Then we are as blind men not knowing where we are going, and how easy it is to trip and fall when you can not see what is in front of you. So our eyes are important and so is the Word of God.
1 John 1:5-7 tells us this, “This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Yeshua His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
If we live in darkness, even a little darkness, we will not see clearly, we will not even have a proper relationship with God because of it.
The Scripture in Matthew 6:22-24 tells us that we cannot serve two masters. Money is a big hindrance to us if we are not walking in the light. If we do not have a proper walk with God money will cause us to trip and fall. We will live like the world as 1 John 2:16 tells us. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life— is not from the Father but from the world. The world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God remains forever.…” Well, there you can see that the desires of our eyes can cause us to love the world more than God. As Matthew 6:22-24 tells us that the eye is the lamp, the Word is the light and the darkness is our love for the world. Do not let your money as little or much as you may have, cause you to stumble and fall. It is better to give than to receive. If your eye is full of light, you will be a giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 tells us this, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: ‘ have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.’ Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Messiah, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
How are your eyes?