Where is our treasure? What is important to us? Is Jesus our Master?
Why it matters: Jesus told us to “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20). He linked this command to the desire of our hearts: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).
Scripture mentions rewards that await the believer who serves the Master faithfully in this world. A “great” reward is promised to those who are persecuted for Jesus’ sake. Various crowns are mentioned. Jesus says that He will bring rewards with Him when He returns.
And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’ ” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Luke 18:18–23). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
When I hear Jesus tell me to give money to the poor and homeless, does it make me sad? Do I obey Jesus or do I walk away?
I am to treasure the Master Jesus most of all. When Jesus is my treasure, I will commit my resources — my money, my time, my talents — to His work in this world. My motivation for what I do is important.
- Now this is good news. Paul encourages me that God has an eternal reward for those who are motivated to serve the Messiah: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Master as a reward. It is the Master the Messiah you are serving” (Colossians 3:23–24).
- Matthew 13:44 — “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
- Matthew 13:45–46 — “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.“
- Matthew 13:52 — And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”