Matthew 6:19-21 - 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal,20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
A while back, I did a Bible study where the first chapter talked about all the things, tasks, to-do lists that we have as part of normal, every-day life. The first question was intended to have the reader list the things that he was doing, what he needs to do, look to see if there things that didn’t need to be done by him and to think about priorities.
My mind took that question in a bit of a different direction and what struck me was the idea that if the task was something that I could hire someone to do (assuming that I had unlimited resources) like chores around the house and yard, cleaning, fixing the car, laundry, cooking and that kind of stuff, it’s really not that important, or at least not right this minute. What are the things that only I can do?
There are tasks that I can’t hire someone else to do - like following Christ, being a spouse, being a parent, and using the spiritual gifts that I have been given - these are the things that only I can do. These are the ones that store up treasures in Heaven.
And your treasure is where your heart (and time and money) is.
God – to be a child of God, a disciple - as it says in the lyrics of Day by Day from Godspell: “Oh Dear Lord, Three things I pray, To see thee more clearly, Love thee more dearly, Follow thee more nearly, Day by day.”
Spouse – to be our spouse's partner – we are to encourage, appreciate, believe in, respect, and love them
Children – to be our children’s example – we are to be available, involved and loving in teaching, training, disciplining, encouraging and nurturing
Ministry – to express and spread our faith – we are to use the spiritual gifts that we have been given for the building up the body of Christ, just step in and serve and see where God is using you and your gifts
And one more thing about treasure: you can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead…