Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount is a rich vein to mine for meditation. Warning: here be dragons!
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Dragons are often shown in literature as storing up treasure, gaining gold and jewels, and gathering it all together and lying on it, and keeping it all to themselves, and not sharing it, and being jealous about their treasure. And dragons, of course, are just a metaphor for us. Do we like treasure?
Do we want to keep it? Do we want to hold it? Do we want to hang on to it? I bet you know people who do. But in today’s passage, we see what Jesus says about treasure. It’s a familiar passage. You’ll know it, I’m sure.
Matthew 6, verses 19 to 21. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
And Jesus talks a lot about the good deeds that we do, do them in secret. When you pray, go into your prayer closet so that people can’t observe.
He’s questioning the attitude and motive of our hearts. Why are we doing the good deeds that we do? Is it so that we look good? Or is it because we know that this glorifies God and reflects his character? Because if it’s the latter, then that is how we store up treasure in heaven.
And heaven is the best place to keep your treasure, because heaven is eternal. This earth is going to be renewed and the old things will pass away . But storing up treasure in heaven is a very sound investment.
Nevertheless, the only way you can store up treasure in heaven is if you don’t want the treasure. The only way we can store up treasure in heaven is by admitting that what we want most of all, above anything else, above any treasure, is God himself. And he is our treasure.
So what are you going to do today to store up treasure in heaven?