“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. (NLT)
This passage spoken by Jesus resonates with 10 chapters in Isaiah (13-23). Here God is instructing Isaiah to speak to several nations about their demise from worldly success to rags. The key seems to be in chapter 17 v10 -You have forgotten God.
People, nations and even churches are successful economically, socially, financially etc, forging ahead leaving God, their author and sustainer behind.
The warning came again in Revelation 2 v4 in the letter to the church in Ephesus. Jesus said through John that despite their ‘successes’, they had forgotten their first love. It is interesting to note when reading through the 7 letters to the 7 churches, that only 2 out of the 7 towns have Christian churches there today…
In your life and in your church, what is your treasure and where is it? How do we measure success?
It is good to have a place to live, clothes to wear and money to pay the bills. But Jesus challenge was all about attitude. Are we holding tight to our ‘stuff’ or are we happily sharing it? Are we living in a way that reflects Jesus to people? Are we allowing Him to produce the fruit of the Spirit in us and hone our character?
Reflect on your treasure. Jesus said that where your treasure is, that’s where your heart is.