“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.” Matthew 6:19-21 ESV
Money may be one of the most sensitive topics in the Christian world. It can cause division in relationships, businesses, and sometimes even spouses. That’s probably why Jesus spoke more about money than he did about sex, heaven, and hell. When you think about it, money is a huge deal; it dictates our everyday lives, and sometimes, it can be the root cause of all evil.
In Matthew 19:24, Jesus said, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” That’s some pretty heavy stuff. We are called to put aside the love and desire of money for it can be dangerous—so dangerous to the point if we have it and depend on it, it will kill us. And if we don’t have it and crave it, it will still kill us.
We see in Matthew 6 that treasures in heaven are far more valuable than treasures here on earth. Maybe you aren’t rich. Maybe you just want to be able to pay your bills every month. For me, this has been my prayer for the past year. Struggling financially is never easy, but even in the midst of financial struggles we are still called to rejoice in what God has already blessed us with. Money is not your treasure—God is. He is the only thing we can boast in…and when we boast in him alone, our joy in money slowly decreases and our treasuring of God eternally increases.
Money lies about our security…one minute it will be there, the next it could be gone. What money cannot be for us, God can. We can finally be free from the weight of money and know that our Heavenly Father will never fail to meet all of our needs—He is our deepest treasure.
Father, help my need and love for money to diminish. I know you are the only thing I need sustaining me. Take my financial burdens, and give me rest in the fact that you will never leave nor forsake your children. Forgive me for not placing my struggles and burdens onto you…and forgive me for thinking the money is mine in the first place. It all belongs to you, Father. Help me to know you will always provide above and beyond my needs.
Are you struggling financially? Do you idolize money? Pray God would give you peace. Reflect on Luke 12:32-34.