Matthew 6 is a part of Jesus’ famous “Sermon on the Mount.” Throughout the sermon Jesus addresses the lifestyle of those who belong to the Kingdom of God, and a large portion of Chapter 6 focuses on the desires and trusts of our heart. Jesus exposes the foolishness of letting the objects and money of this world consume us, and calls us to fix our eyes of faith on God and his eternal kingdom. In his words,
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust5 destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21.
A major reason we should not long to store up treasures on this earth is that this world is still operating under the curse of the fall. Since we belong to Jesus, we have the opportunity to invest, by faith in him, outside of this broken kingdom. This is what we do when we give to the ministry of the gospel, and invest in the outworking of his kingdom on earth. We declare that the only perfectly sound investment is in the place that can never be threatened by the curse of the fall. To use modern terminology, there is only one bank with absolute security, only one type of treasure that will never fade or spoil. God’s heavenly kingdom is where we should store up our treasure. We should delight in finding consistent ways to invest heavily in the eternal kingdom–in ways that honor and glorify our heavenly King, in trading earthly possessions and financial abundance here for the sake of sacrificial giving to Him–in supporting his gospel proclamation and in representing him in caring for the needy inside and outside the church.
Let us feel the joy and peace that is offered to us in Jesus’ words. Every kind of investment here, in this world, faces the threat of the chaos and uncertainty of life in a fallen world. But every single investment made toward heaven is absolutely secure and cannot ever lose its value. What a motive to give abundantly–sacrificing what will certainly fade or be lost for that which will never fade or ever be stolen!
Let us lay up treasures in heaven. Let us enjoy the thrill of giving to the Lord.