Jesus gives great advice about where people should keep their priorities. Being God, He certainly knows the hearts of men and women. He knows how easily the things of this world can distract us from the things that are most important.
The last several days we have had bone chilling temperatures here in New England. Several families, mine included, have had issues with pipes freezing in their homes. It is dangerous and takes quite a bit of work to get the water thawed and flowing again.
Sadly, a family that lives down the road trying to thaw their pipes had something go terribly wrong and a fire was started. Thankfully, no one was hurt. They did however, experience the loss of all their personal belongings. Everything was destroyed in the fire.
Only the black charred pieces of what was once a home remains. Every time I pass by it, I am reminded of the wise words Jesus spoke in Matthew.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19-20
The things of this world do not last. It’s not wrong to have belongings, we just should not put such emphasis on them. It’s not a wise use of our resources. People should always come first, because people have souls that last forever. Things do not.
Where we spend the most of our time, energy and money is a very good indicator of what we deem significant or important. These resources show what our hearts treasure. So, with our resources given to us as the barometer, let’s take a good look at our spending. Are we heeding the advice of the Lord? Where are we storing the fruits of our resources? Do we labor for things or for souls?
Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
Let’s take a good, honest look at what we hold dear. Then, let us go before the Lord and ask Him to change our hearts to be more like His. Thankfully, if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.