In Matthew 6 Jesus continues to tell his listeners that they should not do good to be seen, neither should they position themselves in prayer just to be heard, but rather should consider praying in secret before God and when we do that He will reward us openly. Not that we should not pray loudly, but Jesus was and still is saying to us today that His people shouldn’t do anything for the personal gain of being seen or heard by men, but everything must be done in sincerity and for God’s true purpose.
He then moves on in verse 9 to give them a model prayer which we today call “The Lord’s Prayer”. Then He begins to tell them about the stance of humility which should be taken when fasting.
Then in verse 19 to 21 He tells us about where our focus should be. Even at this time so many are focused on the gifts, lights, decorations, new furniture, curtains etc. The real question is, are we really focused on Jesus, the reason for His birth? I ask sometimes, are we really focused on God, our creator and what He has done for us? Where do you store your treasures?
The answer to each of today’s reader will differ, but through all the hustle and bustle, God wants us to have our eyes fixed on eternity because when this world comes to an end, it will no longer be about the material things which will all go up in smoke, but rather about the soul and the state of your soul.
So today God is saying to all of us to remember not only the material aspects of the season, but remember Jesus also. Remember Heaven. Remember the place where He wants us to dwell with Him when all the world is destroyed by fire:
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
God is telling us that if we lay our treasures up on earth, then our focus is not really on Him. Yes we live in a world and we have to exist, but the things of God should always take preeminence. If we are bogged down with things and all the mess that’s happening here on this earth, then we really don’t know Him who says trust in Him and lean not unto our own understanding and also tells us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. That’s why Jesus says in verse 21:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also
If your heart is with the world and the “things” of the world, then your result will not be as rewarding as if your heart was focused on heavenly things, such as God’s purpose, Jesus and His love, the birth of Christ and what it means to you as Christian etc….
WHERE DO YOU STORE YOUR TREASURES…?
Heavenly Father I first want to thank You for sending Jesus Christ to be the saviour of this world. I thank You for life and all things that you have done for me throughout this year. Father I recognise the need to be more focused on all heavenly things; to be focused on You and the purpose that You have placed me on this earth to fulfil. I recognise also that storing us treasures in heaven means having new outlook on life, where You are first. Father I am sorry for the times where things and the treasures of this world have taken place before You, but I confess I need You to help me refocus. Thank you in advance for helping me and may 2015 be a year of rededication to You and the things of Heaven. All this I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
May you have a joyful and prosperous New Year!