Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-24
Key Verse: Matthew 6:20
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
I’m constantly aware of the dangers of “giving to get” as a motive in my heart. Yet I’m also aware of the clearly stated promises and results of giving to God’s kingdom. We live with that tension and do our best to give out of obedience, no matter our reward.
Very early in His public ministry, Jesus began to teach about giving. In our scripture for today Jesus described giving to His kingdom as an investment in our own personal treasure chest in heaven. Jesus described a way to store up treasures in heaven from which we will eternally reap. Every penny I give to God and His kingdom activities on earth is an investment in my own future rewards. Heaven has an excellent accounting system, not even a cup of cold water given in Jesus’ name will be overlooked or unaccounted for.
Since it was Jesus who painted this investment picture in our minds, we should not feel guilty for wanting to build our eternal accounts. Part of the reason I give is to enlarge my investments in heaven. Even when a person starts out doing this for selfish reasons, it won’t be long until those selfish motives turn pure. Jesus states a fact about this: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Our hearts will soon give for all the right reasons because worldly values will be changed to eternal values as we invest by our giving. Go ahead, give and trust God’s process in your heart!
Father, I want my motives for giving to be pure. Thanks for all your promises for my eternal rewards. I gratefully receive them in Jesus’ Name, amen.