From the Mount : Treasure in Heaven
Pastor Tom continues our series From the Mount.
In Christ’s great Sermon on the Mount he moves from a challenging discussion about how to fulfill the law to an even more challenging discussion about the life of piety. It’s interesting that at the conclusion of that discussion he launches into a discussion about money. Jesus was not at all shy about talking about such things. He knew that how we use what we have is very much an indication of where our heart is. In fact, nearly 15% of what Jesus talks about in gospels has to do with money and possessions.
Jesus doesn’t pull any punches. He succinctly states that instead of storing up treasures here on earth, we’d do well to store up treasure in heaven. Jesus is of the mind that it is much more important, in fact ultimately important, that we are rich toward God even at the expense of being rich as the world defines rich. That’s just the nature of God’s economy.
Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” He knew that a divided heart gets us nowhere. He knew the futility of serving two masters. In fact, he went so far as to say, “You cannot serve both God and money.” All of this gives us a lot to think about in this hyper-materialistic world we live in.