Matthew is probably my favorite book of the Bible. As one of the four gospels, it just feels more comprehensive than the others to me. It presents so many verses directly from Jesus that I would certainly consider it a must-read for any believer, or even seeker. In chapter 6 verses 19 through 21, we read a warning directly from the mouth of Jesus. He says:
“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.”
Heaven offers the most secure banking system ever. There is no chance that you can lose your treasure like we can here on earth. But I appreciate what Jesus says; “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. Where is your heart today? Is it focused on earthly things, or on heavenly things? Not only is our heavenly treasure 100% secure, it also has a better return on investment. We can only build up treasure in heaven if our hearts are focused on heavenly things. At times, we need to press the “pause button” on life and examine our hearts. More often than not, I’d argue that if we did, we’d realize that our hearts might require a bit of alignment so that we can be more in tuned with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus says “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We need to make sure that our heart is right before God. To do that, we need to do a bit of personal examination, and we need to be honest with ourselves. What has our attention? What do we think about? What do we spend time doing? Where do we spend our money? I’m sure Jesus realizes we have to live in this world, but we also need to realize that this is not our home. Our heart is the rudder of our devotion to the truth; an internal compass of where we are regarding our relationship with him. And the only way we can take stock of where we are, is by pausing life and examining our heart.