Wise Investments - A Reflection on Matthew 6:19-23
There are many temptations that we face as we journey through life, but two of the greatest among these are a desire to be noticed by others, and a desire for worldly possessions. Jesus speaks about both these temptations in this discourse, warning that they distract us from the things that truly matter: heaven.
We have already reflected upon the first temptation a few days ago, so let’s reflect upon the second today. And I want to begin with a question you have probably been asked before. When you die, what do you take with you? Nothing, except the clothes you are buried in, and even those won’t last beyond a few weeks.
Everything else we leave behind. All the wealth and possessions we worked so hard to accumulate are all left behind for our children to fight over, while we leave empty handed. And because we were too busy trying to amass all of these treasures on earth, we definitely neglected God in the process, and certainly didn’t think about amassing treasures in heaven.
Isn’t that being shortsighted? The treasures we amass for ourselves in heaven are for all eternity, and never perish, while those we amass for ourselves on earth are for a very limited time, and perishable. Yet, look at how much effort we expend toward securing one and how much effort we extend to securing the other.
Some believe we will be rewarded equally, but if we look at Scripture, that isn’t so. In this entire Sermon on the Mount, Jesus continuously makes references to rewards, and from context it’s obvious these aren’t equal. But if there was any doubt consider Matthew 16:27 where Jesus says, "For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.”