“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21
The principle at the heart of this teaching of Jesus is that our hearts and our treasures are inseparably related. There is a close connection between our material goods and our spiritual condition.
Our possessions follow our commitments. Do you know what your true commitments are, what you value?
Think about where you have the largest financial and material investments. By doing this you will discover your true commitments. Check your checkbook register and see where the largest portions of your money have gone. Someone has said that a person’s checkbook is the clearest index to his purposes in life.
Because we are inhabitants of a material world, it is practically impossible to be committed to anything without being committed with our money or other material resources. From my commitment to feeding my family to my less fervent commitment to paying membership dues, money measures my commitment.
To what, then, are you committed? Jesus formula in Matthew 6:21 can be taken two ways. First, it can mean: see where your treasure is, and that is where your devotion is. Second, it can mean: put your treasure somewhere else, and your heart will follow.
We have always thought that giving is the result of caring, but sometimes caring is the result of giving. Sometimes we care little about something until we have a material investment in it. A person may have no interest whatsoever in AT&T. But if he invests even a small amount of money in it, he begins to be interested. And the larger the investment, the greater the interest.
To what, then, will you be committed? Where is your treasure? There is your heart. Christ warns us against spending our resources on the doomed ventures of his world and invites us to invest in his eternal kingdom. A word to the wise is sufficient!