The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

Jesus takes issue with our money and our stuff in Matthew 6:19-24.

In Matthew 6:19-24, in part of His sermon on the mount, Jesus addresses the treasures of humanity – money, and stuff. These are the two things that we seemingly can never have enough of. To the audience that is gathered with him on that mountainside, he teaches them how our craving for more money and stuff can really enslave us and own us. He also teaches us that wealth in no way is the indicator of spiritual health. In fact, Jesus is asking them to invest in things that have more value than money and even the best of our stuff. He invites them to invest in those things that are eternal.

What we value has the potential to be what our heart focuses on, and desires. What our heart focuses on, and desires will influence our actions. Jesus knows that. For this reason, he teaches that we must really live God-centered lives of worship. Though I realize it is not scholarly or literal, I love Eugene Peterson’s take on this passage in The Message Translation. He actually subtitled it, “A Life of God Worship.” In many ways, that is exactly what Jesus was addressing in this passage – lives of worship.

In The Message translation, Matthew 6:19-24 reads like this;

“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. “Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have! “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.”

We can only worship one thing. God will not and does not share space.  What we value has the potential to be what our heart focuses on. What our heart focuses on, will influence our actions. In many ways, you will walk where you look – or as The Message said – “The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”

Where do you want to be? This passage and this reality are exactly what we explored last week at East Petersburg Mennonite Church. I invite you to discover this passage through our Sunday morning sermon. Our look at Matthew 6:19-24, was titled “Our Money and Our Stuff”. This was the fifth part of our series, Differentiate, in which we will be studying the teachings of Jesus in Matthew’s narrative that both equip us to live and differentiate how we live in our neighborhoods and spheres of influence.

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What “stuff” do you end up focusing too much on?

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