Matthew 6:19-21 – Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The Holy Spirit has come to connect us to heaven. Most of the time, the human goal is survival, to hopefully achieve amassing as much money as possible for security in this life. Multitudes around the world are oppressed and not able to realize that human desire. On the other hand, there are those in this life that have amassed great fortune and have no issues with security as it relates to substance. The Holy Spirit wants to help turn our attention toward a greater treasure than the wealth of this world. Whether one is poor or wealthy, the true treasure is in the storehouse of heaven. The fundamental issue is choosing from where one derives their security.
The development of relationship with the Holy Spirit causes us to grow in our confidence in God’s Word and all His promises. I am grateful for how my heavenly Father has blessed me. I realize though, that in the same way my possessions have come they can also all disappear. It is an absolute of God’s Word that temporal things will vanish. The Scripture declares, “But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire” (2 Peter 3:7).
One of the great treasures in life is found in relationship with family and friends. Many have acquaintances, but fewer people have real friendships. Lasting relationship comes from the work of the Holy Spirit who restores us to the Godhead through the redemptive work of Christ. Jesus, the Christ, is the “Pearl of great price” spoken of in Matthew 13:46. He is the true treasure! Let us seek the Lord for His grace to let go of anything that we might be holding on to as a wealth other than the Lord. It is fine to have possessions. In fact the Word of God promises material blessings in this life. It is not okay for those possessions to possess us in any way that runs interference with our relationship with the true treasure, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is present to help us “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
Ask the Holy Spirit to give you grace to store up treasures in heaven and to be freed from bondage to the possessions of this life “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Father, I ask you to give me a heart after your will and a right viewpoint about possessions.