Where Is Your Heart?

Matthew 6:19-21–Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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Treasures on earth–Treasures here means two things.  It refers to the accumulation of things on this earth.  The focus of our life should not be toward the things of this world.  The things of this world should not be the center of our attention and activity.  It also refers to treasuring the things of the earth.  We should be careful how much worth, value and importance we give to the things of this world.  Moths can eat them up, rust can corrode and turn the thing we hold so close to our heart into something ugly, and the thief can come and steal it.  In other words the things of this world are transient; they are here only for a little while.

Treasures in heaven–The things of heaven are to be the focus of our attention and activity.  We are to hold these things of greater value and worth.  We are to treasure the treasures of heaven.  We can lay up treasures in heaven by doing God’s will.  We can lay up treasures in heaven by making the most of our relationship with God and our fellow man.  We can lay up treasures in heaven by serving God and doing the good works He has created us for in Christ Jesus.  We must focus on the spiritual rather than the physical.  These treasures can not be touched by moths, damaged by rust or stolen by thieves.  These treasures are eternal.  We will have these treasures for ever.

There will your heart be–Our heart will be where our treasure is.  If our heart is with the things of this world then our heart will be broken when they are eaten up, corroded, or stolen.  But if our heart is with the things of heaven then our heart will never be broken.  Where is your heart?

“Seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).