Riches in Heaven – Matthew 6:19-21
19 “Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. 20 Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. 21 For your heart will always be where your riches are.
We are always so focused on what we are doing now. By this, I mean how we contemplate the ways in which we can make our lives better for ourselves here on earth. Whether it be focusing on how well we can do at our job, how much money we can earn or how to improve our house, it is all about the extent to which we can make our lives ‘better’ at the moment.
This passage in the Sermon on the Mount asks us what the point is in all this. All these things will not last forever, so why do we focus on them far more than investing in what is to come?
It is easy to see why we can’t see past the here and now. Storing up treasured things is tempting and natural, and after all, can’t we just be good Christians tomorrow? The thing is, there are only so many tomorrows. Our worldly possessions build up and up and we become ever more greedy. And the greedier we get, the less greedy for God we become.
This passage is confusing in that it is difficult to know what exactly we are supposed to do to ‘store up riches for ourselves in heaven’. My interpretation of this is that we should be focusing what we do on Christ, and by doing this we are heading positively towards our chance of being saved. Therefore, we will be able to spend our eternity with all the good acts we have stored up, rather than be left with nothing in earth or in heaven.
It concludes by saying that our hearts are always where our riches are. I agree with this – our passion lies with what we have accomplished. Our possessions are something we have worked to enjoy the luxury of. Because of this, we have grown to make these things what we strive for and potentially love to own.
If we place our hearts with Christ and His kingdom and make this love bigger than any of our worldly possessions, we can’t go far wrong.
I will be back tomorrow with my 40 day Lent series – see you then!