Verse of the Day: What’s In Your Wallet?

April 15, 2007

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19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust 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 (NKJV)

I don’t think these Bible verses are saying that we absolutely shouldn’t save for the future or on “treasures on earth” but that we need to get our priorities straight and put things into perspective; God’s perspective. In the big scheme of things, the treasures of this earth, are worthless. The stocks that we have can be worthless in a second (see the dot-com bust or Enron). The things we have in our home are susceptible to thieves and are not totally secure. Instead “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” where it does not “lose its value”.

Too many people think that God wants your money. God doesn’t want your money, despite what the church may have told you. God wants your heart. Because God knows that once he has your heart, you’ll be willing to sacrifice to please Him. Isn’t verse 21 so true? What you spend your money on shows what’s important to you. You can tell a whole bunch about a person based on their spending habits. All the money you “waste”, I mean, spend on your hobbies shows what hobbies you’re interested in. What’s in your wallet?

From the Life Application Bible:

Verse 20: Storing treasures in heaven is not limited to tithing but is accomplished by all acts of obedience to God. There is a sense in which giving our money to God’s work is like investing in heaven. But we should seek to please God not only in our giving but also in fulfilling God’s purposes in all we do.

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