“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Usually we just pass by this verse and say some cliché thing like, "Oh it's all about the heart." It's such a great thing to think, but often times that's all we really do. We just think about it. Do we mean what we say? Or do we just say it? Does it really mean that our hearts is connected to Jesus and the will of our Father that we use our treasures for His kingdom? Are we really okay with not splurging money on ourselves? I'm not saying we shouldn't take care of our needs, but seriously, do we really need so much stuff? Here God is saying, what is your treasure? What are you doing with the resources I have brought you? Really everything is His, so are we using the resources for treasures here or treasures that are for His purposes and to bring glory to His kingdom. We are very selfish creatures, and self preservation and self satisfaction is built into ourselves that the very thought of giving and sharing is not even on the radar. It is a tough thing to take this heart. It is deliberate and precise way of doing things is that forces us to forego our nature focus in upon His kingdom. It's not easy.
So what's the solution? We can easily say, "Well just do stuff for God?" Yes that is true, in fact that is what I first wrote, and the last thing we really need is a "don't do that" speech. So, how can I do this. A wise pastor once told me that to "Connect everything to a soul." What you do with your money, connect it to a soul. Are people being impacted by what you are doing? Is this brining people into the kingdom? Is this helping someone? So yes, when your heart is for God's kingdom, and he desires that all come to Him, and that we make disciples, this can apply. We use the treasure He has given to connect to a soul for His glory. We must ask ourselves, "How can I bring Him glory?" This is not an easy task. Here where I live, using resources to build up riches here is not only accepted but in may ways encouraged. Storing things in heaven is more important then storing things on earth. Oh what a challenge this is. Material possessions, fame and fortune can really grip our heart and just hold us hostage. But if we attach everything to a soul, then the treasure will be well worth it.
Lord this is not an easy thing to do, and a tough thing to comprehend. But Lord I pray that you will help us who pray this, seek you and store our treasures in Your kingdom.