The point of this life is preparation for the world to come: It is not about riches, fame, material possessions, conquest of any kind, status or self-gratification. Want to be a billionaire? Go for it, but the reality is that God grants us the ability to create wealth and we will have to give an account of how we handled God’s wealth.
God is interested in how you managed your finances. In the end, we will not bring even one penny to heaven. Each person that follows Jesus has been given everything they need for the present moment. God takes care of the tiniest creatures and the birds of the air. The birds are always well fed.
Trust me, Christians have all they will ever need. The most important things are faith, prayer, love, righteousness, kindness and imitating Jesus. What does it profit a person “if he gains the whole world”? Jesus was demanding that his disciples look up and ahead—“for the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory … and then he will reward each person according to what he has done” (Matt. 16:27).
Jesus was summarizing why the kingdom servant is motivated to practice righteous acts. It is not for temporary honor among men on earth, but for eternal reward before the Father in heaven. The present tense verb here can best be translated, “Stop storing up treasures on earth!” But Jesus does specifically command us to store up for yourself in heaven.
Moths were universally known as a destructive force (Job 4:19; Isa. 50:9; 51:8). Burglary was especially common in the day of mud-brick homes. Break is the Greek term meaning “break through.” It literally means “dig through.”
There is no permanence in this world. You cannot take your treasure with you into the next world, but you can send it on ahead through kingdom-oriented stewardship. Today, begin to develop a deep and intimate relationship with Father God through Jesus. Not through another person, through Jesus alone. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to Father God except through Jesus.
In Christ, Brother Ross
Holman New Testament Commentary Matthew – Weber, Stewart© 2000 Broadman & Holman PublishersNashville, TennesseeAll rights reserved