“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
On the first Sunday of the great lent, the bible teaches us to focus on our heavenly belongings and not on what we have on earth. On this Sunday, we also are taught not to care about what comes tomorrow, as God will guide us there. We need to have faith in the Lord that he will protect us, and as long as we go in his name, no trouble will occur to us.
The gospel of St. Matthew 6:19-21, teaches us not to focus on our earthly possessions. What will we do with all our possessions when we go to heaven? It is of no use. God teaches us however to focus on Heaven. He directs our view towards heaven. Save for yourselves treasures in heaven. Are you busy with heaven? Where is your heart? Where your treasure is, your heart is also there. God has promised us a place in heaven, which is greater than anything we could ever want on earth.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matt. 6:25-26)
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt. 6:33)
The Bible talks about the Father’s concern about us and our future. God’s words in this reading is the shield from the fears of the world. So the first feeling of comfort within, is the feeling of peace and complete comfort, as a child in his father’s bosom. “Do not worry about tomorrow … sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matt.6:34)
You feel the worry, fear of the future, and the non-existence of the peace at heart because of the presence of earthly treasures, and the concern about earthly matters. Don’t you know that all the earthly treasures, riches, and honors is still liable to rot, to be subjected to the moth, to rust and to the thieves? But it is as the Holy Spirit expressed it, ‘Yes the wise Solomon, vanity of vanities and the grasping of wind.’
There must not be anything existing that will consume our time and separate us from our eternal life, our love for Jesus. What will man achieve if he gains the whole world but loses himself? For whoever is concerned with his own well-being, could not even extend his existence beyond its limitations. For you don’t know what is in for tomorrow. For if we were enjoying the fatherhood of God, we would be living in peace and joy, with assurance that our Father is the One who takes care of us.
Strive this week, to clear your hearts and thoughts from earthly concerns. Make yourself accountable, every day, for your heavenly treasure. What belongs to you in heaven? And what did you do for God today?