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. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

MATTHEW 6:19–24

We are all on a journey searching for something that will satisfy our restless souls. In this journey, we want to determine for ourselves what will bring us happiness and success. However, what if the desires of our hearts don’t give us what we hoped for? What if we gain everything but still feel something is missing? Jesus warns us about how our natural human tendency is to want a better life by storing up treasures for ourselves because we want comfort and security.

However, the reality is earthly treasures will not last and they can never satisfy our hearts. On the other hand, Jesus tells us to have better hope by storing up treasures in heaven that will have eternal impact on our lives. What we treasure reveals the condition of our hearts because Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. (Matthew 6:21) 

Do you know that your eye functions as a guide for your soul? Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23). I believe what comes into your eye can cause inner liveliness or inner darkness. The word “eye” here is equivalent to the word “heart.” The eye and the heart are interrelated and integrated.

Therefore, Jesus talking about the “eyes that are good” in verse 22 can mean “singleness.” Having a single passion to store up treasures in heaven will ignite our hearts to serve our Master. In contrast, the inner soul that is dark comes from the division of the heart that cannot see the abundant life that God wants for us. The word “bad” means dividedness. The man with divided interests tries to focus on both God and possessions. He has no clear vision, and will live without a clear direction. Here, life can be like a puddle of water that does not flow into anything and will ultimately dry up.

If we have a single passion to serve our Master, we will do whatever it takes to advance His kingdom so that many people will come to know our Lord Jesus Christ. Kingdom-minded people will have an abundant life because as they give more, the Lord will not only replenish their treasures on earth but will give them abundant treasures in heaven.

QUESTIONS

  • In what ways have you been a kingdom minded person?
  • How will you live out the abundant life we are called to live?

  • How can you use the resources God has given you to reflect your kingdom minded focus?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, illuminate in my heart a single passion to advance your kingdom by using my resources to impact the lives of others. May I serve you wholeheartedly and live to store up treasures in heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Today’s devotional was prayed over and prepared by Tae Pae, Pastor of Missions and Mobilization

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