19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
We live in a world where we work and earn money. We are taught to save and put money aside for our retirement. All of the financial advisers will tell you the same thing about saving and investing for the long term. Keep invested at all times and stay in your portfolio whether it goes up or down. We plan and spend time thinking about our future and whether we will have enough for our retirement years.
Jesus was advising not to focus so much on treasures on earth where it will decay or be stolen. In this world, we are bombarded by marketing messages that we need more and that we need and deserve the good life. We can’t overlook our responsibility to save and be good stewards of the money that we earn from our work, but we also need to have perspective on the use of money as a tool and not become greedy to desire for more and more. Our heart is what will lead us and our treasure should be in heaven. This attitude will lead to generosity instead of greed.