Commands of Christ: 22

Do not hoard treasures on earth, but in heaven.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.  But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.  The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;  but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.  No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.  Matthew 6:19-24

Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.  For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. Luke 12:33-34

This command has two parts.  First, we are not to hoard treasures on earth.  This is not what we are taught in the world.  We are taught that for our own security and comfort we must save up however much we will need in order to ensure we can maintain ourselves comfortably until our death.  The second part of the command is that we are to hoard treasures in heaven.  Part of how this is to be done is through giving to others here on earth.  Motive and priority have a lot to do with this.  Are we living for God or for ourselves?  Are we living for this life or eternity?  Do we value earthly treasures or heavenly treasures?  Jesus says it is impossible to “sit on the fence” in regard to this matter.  We cannot serve both God and wealth.

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