Where Should We Store Our Treasures?

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 neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:19

I have read these verses many times in my life. But to be honest, sometimes I haven’t taken them to heart. I used to be pretty materialistic. It is only by the Lord’s help that I have broken out of that cycle.

Sometimes my flesh wants to fall right back into it. This is why I am careful about who I follow on social media. There are so many women who encourage others to get involved in social selling to increase their income and worldly goods. Even Christians. 

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve decided to read through Jesus’ words, and really apply them. Take them all to heart. He has shared so much truth with us, and we shouldn’t neglect what He says.

It is true that our treasures on earth can be destroyed by moth and rust, and thieves can steal them. We have no guarantee when it comes to our worldly things. They can be here today, and gone the next.

Instead, we are told to store up treasures in heaven by following God’s will for our lives and living righteously.

Earlier in chapter 6, we are told to be careful not to practice our righteousness in front of others to be seen by them, because then we will have no reward from our Father in heaven. I think that our treasures (or reward) in heaven probably correlate to the righteousness Matthew is speaking about here.

So instead of accumulating riches, we should give our excess to others.

In the case of a stay at home mother who doesn’t work outside of the home and make money, we can give our time and attention to others. We can carefully teach our children in the ways of God, and tend to our husband’s needs. We can keep our mouths from gossip, and seek to apply the principles of Scripture to our lives.

I’ve tried to apply the principle of “not storing up treasure” on earth by not purchasing needless things. I sometimes fail at this, but the Lord does help me day by day! I also ask for His help for me to be content with my husband’s income. There have been times where I have sought to make an income from home in order for us to accumulate more things on this earth. That is totally the wrong attitude! It is one thing to make an income to support our family and help others in need, and quite another to make an income simply to accumulate more things.

The Lord has always supplied all of our needs. I know that I can trust in Him!

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”

Hebrews 13:5

Being content with what we have is fruit that I want in my life. I hope to have the wisdom to know when to invest our money in things, and when to be content. For example, we purchased our home as a fixer upper, knowing that we will need to do a good bit of work to it. We also think it would be wise to continue investing in our outdoor things, like fencing and animal shelters.

I want to invest in these things well, but frugally. I don’t think there is a problem with making our home a lovely place to live. At the same time, I should be careful and purposeful as to how our money is spent.

My purpose should never be to accumulate more and more…it should be to live righteously and to follow Jesus.

I’m so thankful for the Word of God, and for the instructions found within its pages. I think this is an important one.

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. Let’s remember to serve our home and family well!

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