Store up treasures in heaven
January 25, 2013
Jesus taught some amazing things, some of them were very radical and continue to stand up against the mindset of our culture.Matthew 6:19-21, (Jesus said) “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”In 1984 Madonna reminded us that we live in a “material world,” and tried to convince us that by materialism and seeking the perfect relationship that you will find fulfillment and happiness.But Jesus said something greater. It’s not by the things you amass on earth that you’ll find joy. It’s not by what you collect or how full your garage is, that you’ll feel satisfied. And it’s not by finding the perfect relationship that you’ll be happy. It’s by making the treasure of your heart the things of God, because when you do you’re storing up great wealth in heaven. Radical words then, and radical words today. Jesus went on to teach that greatness and fulfillment in life is found in service to others. That’s a concept that psychiatrists have just begun to discover even prescribing community service to the depressed. But Jesus taught it long ago because he knew the human heart needs to be filled with God’s love and his love is expressed by serving others. What’s God’s love look like on earth? It’s the husband who sees his wife and family as a gift from God and more important than his recreation or his buddies. It’s the wife and mother who believes that her fulfillment is going to come from her connection to God, and serving her family as her number one priority in life. It’s the single person, actually every person, who recognizes “we are our brother’s keeper” and when you serve your fellow man you are being the hands that God uses here on earth. Where are your treasures? If they’re on earth, material things will break down, become obsolete, or get stolen. If they survive, someone else will inherit them when you die. But if your treasure is in heaven, you enjoy the fellowship of the Holy Spirit right now, and you are sending up ahead of you lasting rewards that God will bless you in eternity. John 13:34, (Jesus said) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”The obvious question is, how much did Jesus love? He gave his life for his followers. Are you laying down your life for those God has put in your life? How can you do that when we are material people living in a material world? It starts by trusting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10) and beginning a life of faith. That’s when the Holy Spirit takes a heart that might be more materialistic than loving and changes it to one that loves like Christ loved us.Pastor Rich Lammay of High Sierra Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.