“Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:20-21 ESV
A good number of people wants money. Money is a universal need and the want for it may be insatiable. Jesus recognized this and spent ample time teaching about money.
In our anchor scripture, money is portrayed as a spiritual stethoscope. Therefore, your attitude towards money determines the state of your heart and what you place priority on because your heart follows in the direction of where you regard value.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:45-46 ESV
Jesus said the above parable to reiterate how much value we should place on heavenly things and not earthly things that can perish anytime. When the world looks at us, they must be able to tell that we’ve found something greater and more valuable than money or anything on earth.
Dear believer, you have found a greater treasure in Christ. Your heart is not in the things of this world.
“If you get a million dollars now, how would you spend it?” This is a popular question by finance experts, which could reveal how you spend your money. As a believer, your answer to this question should not be the same as an unbeliever’s because you have a different purpose.
Because your heart has been changed and your purpose redirected, your use of money should follow suit. What then is the purpose of your money? It is to make Christ known.
If money is a spiritual stethoscope, let it be obvious that you have a heart for the gospel by how you spend yours. Your money should be directed for good and funding the gospel. Let’s see what Paul said about this to the Ephesian church.
“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” Ephesians 4:28 ESV
You should work to have something to give to the church and the gospel because it’s an important part of your love walk as a believer (1 Timothy 6:17-19). This is how you store up treasures in heaven for yourself.
Beloved, Christ gave you His life. Seek to daily lay down your life for Him by giving Him your all, including your money.
With His Holy Spirit in you, it will only become easier to part with your money for prospering of the gospel and other believers.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 7:18-35, Colossians 1:15-29, Psalms 125, 1 Chronicles 3-4.