Chip Stapleton Highland Presbyterian Church May 13th , 2020 Hunkered Down Devotions
Matthew 6:19-21; 24 (VOICE) 19 Some people store up treasures in their homes here on earth. This is a shortsighted practice—don’t undertake it. Moths and rust will eat up any treasure you may store here. Thieves may break into your homes and steal your precious trinkets. 20 Instead, put up your treasures in heaven where moths do not attack, where rust does not corrode, and where thieves are barred at the door. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. . . . . . .
Jesus: 24 No one can serve two masters. If you try, you will wind up loving the first master and hating the second, or vice versa. People try to serve both God and money—but you can’t. You must choose one or the other. Today we have a familiar passage, a well-known saying from Jesus. I doubt any of you that are taking the time to read a weekday devotion from your pastor don’t know these words, ‘store up treasures in heaven……For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ But for all the familiarity that we have with these words, I wonder how closely we follow them. This translation notes that storing up treasures in their homes here on earth is a ‘shortsighted practice’. This description gets to the heart of why we so often disregard this sound advice.
We look to the material things around us and think that focusing on them we are doing what is best, being responsible, planning for the long term. But what we are reminded of in these words is that there is a call to a longer, broader view. We are called (explicitly in the verses I omitted above) to have eyes to see beyond the ‘shortsightedness’ of earthly treasures and instead look towards those treasures that are everlasting.
What Jesus is telling us is that when we invest in and store up earthly treasures, we make those treasures our master. Instead of storing them up to protect and provide for us – they end up ruling and guiding our lives. And Jesus knows that earthly treasures, material wealth, and the illusion of that kind of security is a hard and unyielding master – one that is never truly satisfied. So Jesus asks us to instead submit to him and to store up our treasure in him and the lasting things of his Spirit. Putting our treasure in the things of God ties us to a master who’s burden is easy and yoke is light. That is the furthest thing from shortsighted. Sharing God’s Love, Chip
Prayer: Help us, God, to put our treasure in you and the things you call us to. Guide us not to invest in earthly treasure that rusts and rots, but to submit to you. Amen.