Matthew 6:19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys 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. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of
light, 23 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! 24 "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
verse 19 Jesus commands us what not to do. All of Jesus' commands lead to abundant life now and eternal reward. Jesus commands us not to store up treasures on earth because they will be eaten, waste away, or be stolen. We are not to store up funds beyond what we will need to live a godly life on earth. We are not to depend on stored up funds for provision. Remember that retirement funds are okay but can be eaten by inflation, wasted by poor investments, and stolen by thieves. Where are you storing your treasures? Are you depending on God for your provision?
verse 20 Jesus commands us what to do. We are to invest our money in doing God's will. The first expenditure of any money we receive is our tithe. A tithe is 10% of our income or gifts or any money we receive. The next expenditure is for our material support individually and for our family. This includes food, clothing , shelter, savings for emergencies so we can live debt free, insurance to provide for our dependents if we die, health insurance and retirement funds put aside for the days we can not work. The next portion is for the good works that God has prepared for us to walk in. We are always to give 10% to God, but we may not be able to fund beyond food, clothing and shelter. God only promised enough for one day at a time (Matthew 6:11; 1 Timothy 6:7-8). We are always to depend upon the Lord for our provision no matter how big or small our income is. Who or what are you depending upon?
verse 21 Jesus tells us how to know where our heart is. What we spend our money on reveals the desires of our heart. We know it is God's will to tithe our money (give 10% to God's work outside our individual or family needs). If we spend, save or invest 98% of our money on our needs and 2% on God's work, then our heart is on doing our will and not God's will. How we use our money reveals where our heart is. Where is your heart?
verses 22-23 Jesus is speaking clearly to the people of His time. The Greek word for "healthy" means "to be motivated by singleness of purpose ." The purpose is the purpose to do God's will. The Greek word for "bad" means "to be morally or socially worthless." The "bad eye" purposes to do what seems right to sinful man and leaves God's will out of the picture. God's will is generosity to people in need. Read 2Corinthians 8:1-15. Man's will is to look out for his own needs. If sinful man feels a need to help people in need, he or she tries to do it using other peoples' money and not his own. A good example is our current president.
verse 24 Jesus gives us the facts of life. We cannot serve two masters because we will either hate the one and love the other, or we will be devoted to the one and despise the other. Jesus tells us what two masters He is addressing, "You cannot serve God and money." Serving God leads to an abundant life (John 10:10b). Serving money or loving money leads to all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Who do you serve? You serve God if you seek to give, spend, save, and invest your money God's way. A quick indicator is: Are you tithing or giving 10% of all income (which includes gifts)? Are you spending your money according to your own desires? You are serving God if you use your money according to God's will.