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.
Here, Jesus is not encouraging laziness or is He against riches, but when man’s focus is on wealth, and ignores God’s will, this is an invitation to destruction. Satan will dwell in every space that is not occupied by God. Investing in the plan and purpose of God brings an eternal reward.
Jesus’ point in this passage is that there is no absolutely firm, unshakeable security to be found in material things, which is ironic as “securities” is a financial term defined as instruments giving to their legal holders rights to money or other property. Securities include stocks, bonds, notes, mortgages, bills of lading, and bills of exchange. Again, Jesus is not condemning good stewardship and wise investment in “securities” but is addressing our heart attitude towards our “securities”. Ask yourself… “Where is my treasure?”(If you need help answering this question, just take a look at last month’s credit card charges or look at the checks you wrote over the past 6 months!) Your answer will tell you indisputably where your heart is. And where your heart is will impact your level of anxiety and/or worry.
All treasures are to be held in subjection to God and used as He directs. The more we distribute for the blessing of others as guided by the Lord, the more wealth we lay up in Heaven.
The truth is brothers and sisters, this life here on earth will end one day and everything you stored here will become obsolete. The only bank that is truly insured is the bank in heaven! Invest now in the only true security, Jesus Christ!
Scripture of the day: “Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.” ~ Proverbs 23:5
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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