Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
This world and its system have caused a great deal of us, to go chasing after the so called “good things in life.” We all want the nice house, the new car, the good job, and the money that goes along with it.
20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
While these things hold some place of value, we should keep them in their proper place. God’s kingdom, and our ultimate home, is not built, nor is it based on things such as these.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
We need to remember that all of these things exist in the world and were here when we arrived. What’s more important to understand is that when we leave…. we take none of it, every bit stays behind.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.
23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Satan is the prince of this world, whatever systems are in place is his creation; it’s all part of the lie that he wants you to buy into.
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
The desires of man have been corrupted. Every since the fall, Satan has been using our own evil desires to get us hooked into his system of things. He (Satan) is the one who feeds the appetites of our evil nature. The more we allow our focus to center on the things of this world, the more we turn our attention away from Christ and what we can learn from His example.
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Ask yourself one question; if faced with making a choice between any of the so called good things, or your life…. what would your answer be? When the robber says, “Your money or your life” we tend to not think about our answer, we choose life. Satan, who we all know is the ultimate thief and robber, is giving us that very same choice. He is just a more skilled conman. We don’t understand that we are being robbed. That’s why we call his acts “a trick of the devil.”
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
God, knowing just how tricky the devil is, has given us help, and reminders to keep us focused.
27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
There is nothing wrong with being concerned. Whether it is for ourselves, or others it is a quality that we should try to develop. At the same time we shouldn’t allow Satan to distort our concern into worry. This is a good example of how the devil can take a good thing and get us to take it way past the place where it should go.
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Worry destroys faith. When we allow ourselves to worry we leave the road of righteous concern. Satan takes us on a detour called out by a sign marked “What If.” The trouble is in the fact that this path branches into many more detours, all marked with the same sign of what if. What was worry now becomes confusion. It doesn’t matter which path we choose, each trail leads to the same place…. “LOST.”
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
Pagans don’t know Jesus. They are lost already. Because we do know Jesus, we should work so that Satan does not cause us to become lost
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
As we move along the narrow path toward the righteousness of God, let us not detour with Satan down a path of worry, becoming lost. Keep your concern on the one and only sign that leads to that kingdom, and our home…. that is the sign of Christ, our LORD.
With His Blessings,