“Don’t store treasures for yourselves here on earth where moths and rust will destroy them, and thieves can break in and steal them. But store your treasures in heaven where they cannot be destroyed by moths or rust and where thieves cannot break in and steal them. Your heart will be where your treasure is.” - Matthew 6:19-21
Did you know the money we have comes from God? He is the provider and supplier of everything we have (Deuteronomy 8:18, Philippians 4:19). God does not want us to find our security in material things like money. Money is nice to have, but it is not supposed to be our main source of security. It is only temporary because either it can be spent so fast on things, or it can be easily stolen or destroyed. Jesus says in Matthew 6:19-21 that our belongings can be destroyed by elements of nature like a flood, moths or in a fire.
What we do with money matters to God. “Your heart will be where your treasure is,” refers to what is in a person’s heart. If your heart is focused on heaven, then your interests will be centered there. If your money is in a safety deposit box, then your heart and desire are there too. God also wants us to be cheerful givers who want to give and are happy to do it (2 Corinthians 9:7-8), not grudgingly, out of necessity or expecting to get something in return.
God does not really need our money. He owns everything and does not need anything from us. Our heart’s attitude is important to Him. God loves it when His people share what He gives with others. If we desire to, then God will provide us with the opportunity and the resources to do so (2 Corinthians 9:8).
Prayer of the day:
Dear heavenly Father,
You provide us with everything. Everything we own really belongs to You. Help us not to be selfish with the resources You gave us. We want to give back to others who are in need because You selflessly gave us Jesus to save us, and He is a great example to follow. We want to be a cheerful giver because it shows that our hearts are focused on heaven and not of the things of the world. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!