What Storing Up Treasures on Earth Actually Means
In the book of Matthew, Jesus tells the disciples about the dangers of laying up treasures for themselves on earth. He said that on earth, moths and rust can destroy these treasures, and thieves can break in and steal them. But in Heaven, moths and rust cannot destroy and thieves cannot break in and steal (Matthew 6:19-21). A treasure is anything that we covet. It is something that we place high value on, something that we protect and shield and deem incredibly important.
Jesus doesn’t want us to covet the things of this world. Our jobs, our homes, even our relationships are all temporal things. They are all subjected to passing away due to natural means, or being stolen. The Lord wants us to use the things of this world so far as they concern us for living in this earthly realm, but we should desire, covet, and treasure the things of Heaven! Heaven is our home, so it makes sense as to why Jesus wants the desires of our hearts fixed there.
In addition, it is not possible to love this world and love God at the same time. We can try to do this, but we will fail. One or the other will come out on top and be master over us! Since we are sojourners on this Earth, God should be the object of our affection, not this world.
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