Hello precious Saint, it’s the last day of the month and I’m happy to be writing to you.
I really hope you’ve been changed and drawn to God by the posts over the short period of time I’ve been writing.
Today, I want to write to you about a passage of scripture and what you may have been reading it as which may have affected how you live as well.
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” is a common phrase that has been used to teach us to set our hearts on what’s right, that is, the kingdom of God. However, sometimes, the method that’s been taught using the passage of scripture where that phrase is gotten from is sort of erroneous.
Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
This scripture has been understandably misinterpreted. Why I said “understandably” is because when you are told not to lay up your treasures on the earth but in heaven, it somewhat sounds like you’re being told not to put your money in Bank A because it’s not really insured but to put it in Bank B which is insured and even gives interests on deposits.
So you have brethren who make money and give a large chunk of it to the church and to the poor in the spirit of “laying their treasures in heaven” because this is what we’ve understood and we’ve been taught.
That is wrong! Not the act but the spirit and once the spirit is wrong, so is the act.
You do not give your money to lay up treasures in heaven. At least that’s not the message of that passage of scriptures. Giving is an expression of the spirit of Matthew 6:19-21.
What the passage is telling us is not how we spend our money, it is how we live our lives.
What you spend your life for is the determinant of where your treasure is laid up.
So if you think you will spend your life chasing money, affluence, connections, etc., and periodically, actually very often give heavily to “the kingdom of God” then this translates into laying up treasures in heaven, you lie!
Listen, this is how you lay up treasures in heaven, it is by living by the will of God who is in heaven. The Lord may pour heavy material blessings on you as you work in your office pleasing Him, then, your giving to the needy and the church will not be to lay up treasures, it will be a continuity of a life that has been laying up treasures in heaven by pleasing God in daily choices of life.
Read again Matthew 6. This time read from verse 19 to 34 as one thought and you’ll see all I’ve been explaining.
Let me conclude the post by reminding you that the rich young ruler wasn’t going to inherit eternal life by giving out his great wealth. No sir! Rather,he was going to be saved by following Christ Jesus. Giving out his possessions was so that he could follow.
Re-evaluate your life today. Where, really, are you laying up treasures?
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