19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Verse twenty-one has so much truth built into so few words it is truly difficult to expand on it very much beyond what Jesus said in the two prior verses. Nonetheless, Jesus did add to the truth of For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also by saying
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
We may try to convince ourselves it is possible to have treasure on earth and have treasure in heaven as well, but sooner or later, the truth will come out as one or the other will become our master and loyalty of our hearts will no longer be divided. Likely it will be sooner rather than later, but we are good at deceiving ourselves in this matter. Rewriting the first sentence in this paragraph, We may try to convince ourselves it is possible to have serve treasure on earth and have serve treasure in heaven. Changing the word have to serve makes our choices much, very much, clearer.
Of course we may end up with riches here on earth as a result of God’s blessings and riches in heaven as a result of pursing His will and His wishes. Riches here on earth may be family, a job one enjoys, health, or any one or more of a myriad of others, but they come as blessings if or rather when we are pursuing Him and His will. Then along with blessings on earth, we also end up with riches in Heaven.
Serving mammon you may end up with much wealth here on earth, but none in Heaven. Jesus summed all of this up this after dismissing all of the things we might pursue by stating
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
If and when we are seeking first of all His kingdom and His righteousness so many things fall into place that Jesus concludes with
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
On the other hand, many of us know we (or some of us) face much suffering here on earth whether health (cancer being the biggest fear today) or persecution as many of our brothers and sisters face around the world. Sometimes that persecution becomes real and deadly as in Nigeria currently as you may see in this video (click here). Nonetheless, Paul – a man who suffered greatly from time to time – stated this
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
We may very well have suffering here on earth, but the wonders that await us when God’s glory will be revealed to us makes the sufferings pale in comparison. In the original science fiction movie Blade Runner a replicant says I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. We will see things in Heaven we cannot even imagine, things we wouldn’t believe if told of them. It is something we can truly look forward to and long for while here on earth.