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.
make Choices in our lives according to what we value. A choice to
serve Jesus Christ means rewards in heaven. In the eternal prospective,
our choices mean more to us than choices that might benefit us here on
earth. We show our faith in Jesus Christ if we use our resources to
benefit the things of God's Kingdom. You can spend your money on
material things that are for your worldly comfort, which will not last.
The finest clothing can eventually be eaten by moths. The latest model
car will eventually lay rusting in a scrap heap. The things of this
world will eventually perish, only those things we do for heaven will
last. We can also spend our money on something that will benefit the
body of Christ. We can use our money to help edify ourselves and others
in the knowledge of the Word. We can help people in need. How we
spend our money shows where our treasure is. It shows what we value in
life. It shows what we truly value in our hearts.
what we treaure applies to the money we spend, it also applies to the
time we spend. We can choose to spend our time helping people, who are
hurting, who might never be able to repay. We can choose to use our
time serving Jesus Christ. We can be that good Samaritan. We can spend
our time praying for people. How we spend our time also shows our
faith. People, who have faith in God are people of prayer. Jesus said
His house shall be called the house of prayer. Our prayer is evidence
of our faith. Most of our prayer is in private, but we can show others
our intentions through public prayer. We can also hide the Word in our
hearts. Through the Word, we know what our Lord Jesus Christ values.
What we value in our hearts will be reflected in our lives. We show our
hearts though what we treasure. What we invest in with our time and
money shows what we treasure.
|Isa 56:7||Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices [shall be] accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.|
|Mat 21:13||And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.|
|Mar 11:17||And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.|
|Luk 19:46||Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.|
In contrast, those who opposed Jesus, some who outwardly were very religious, were focused on their own personal wealth. The religious leaders used God's house as a means of their own gain. Jesus did get angry at times. He was angry at the moneychangers, who profited from people's desires to worship God. Jesus described His enemies as those who devoured widows and took advantage of the poor. Jesus clearly wanted His house to be one of prayer. Jesus desired His people to spread His gospel and the light of His Word. Jesus fed and healed people. Jesus was concerned about both physical and spiritual needs. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Jesus came to mend the brokenhearted. His yoke is easy. His burden is light. The light of His Word must show in what we say and what we do. We are bearers of His light. We show our faith in our actions, especially where we put our resources and time.