The Treasures of the Heart

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matt.6:21).

Jesus Christ was very concerned about the effect money had on people. That is why of the thirty-eight parables Christ taught, thirteen are related to money. In fact, more space is given to the use of money than to Christ's virgin birth, deity, or the Trinity. And yet the very Christians who would courageously defend Jesus' divinity, often act squeamish and uncomfortable when they hear what he said about money! People were like that in Jesus' day, for the heart has always had a problem in this area.

It is worth noting that Jesus was born into and lived under the Mosaic Law system. He kept the Law perfectly, which means that he tithed all of his substance. While our Lord assumed the tithing principle, his emphasis went beyond the legal aspects. Jesus focused on the attitudes and motivations people had about money. In all issues relating to money, Jesus knew that the heart was the real battleground.

In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus corrected the heart's myopic vision for earthly treasure. When money only goes to temporal things, it is shortsighted, seeing only this life. When money is invested in spiritual things, it is farsighted, seeing into eternity. So, Jesus is teaching that the heart will treasure what it looks at the most.

Learn this lesson from your Master: focus = treasure. Whatever captures your mental gaze is your treasure. This means that a poor man can be just as worldly, greedy and self-centered as a rich man if his heart is preoccupied with earthly things. Learn to shift your focus. Keep looking past earth's perishing treasures into the vast storehouses of heaven!