“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 treasures 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.”
Did you catch that last truth? The truth is that if you want to know what someone values, look where their money is going. When we give to a foundation or when we buy a stock in a company, we become invested in it. We research to see how they’re doing, what ideas they’ve come out with, or products they’ve developed. We now value that company or foundation. So it is with eternal things, when we give towards missions or to the poor, we show that we treasure God’s glory more than our comfort or security. This is worship.
But let’s not skip over the beginning of this text. This is not an observation, but a command. If we are using our money to furnish our momentary home; here we are sinning. Only a fool moves to another country and keeps a currency that isn’t accepted in his new home. (1 Timothy 6:7) So let’s trade our rusting copper for eternal gold by giving generously. (2 Corinthians 9:7) to making God’s name known among earth. We need far less than we think. Talk with your family and discuss a reasonable amount you need and give the rest to a lost and needy world. He may test you, but the joy in giving and the greater joy we’ll receive in heaven will be worth it. He will not fail you. (Malachi 3:10)