What is wealth? When Jesus began his ministry here on earth, he was confronted by a group of people who believed that great material gain equaled wealth. The Jewish philosophy at that time was that rich people are blessed by God and those living in poverty were being punished by God for some misdeed. In order to set the record straight, Jesus taught that wealth is not found in material gain. Jesus taught that the material treasures here on earth come and go, but the real treasure – real wealth – is found in serving God by serving others. This kind of wealth goes on forever. Bank accounts have no value to God. Loving service to others is the currency of our Lord.
Jesus also taught that having great material wealth can cloud your vision. When we spend our time focused on the new car we want to buy, or a bigger house, or our next vacation, we have lost sight of the real value of life. All those material aspirations are a distraction from the needs of others that God wants us to make our top priority. Jesus tells us that we have to make a choice between serving God and serving money. Jesus tells us that it is impossible to chase a larger bank account and remain faithful to God. Keep in mind, there’s nothing wrong with having lots of money, but there is a big problem when you care more about your money than you care about the well-being of others.
Money has no value to God. How we use our money to serve others is of great value to God. God wants us to share all that we have – our material things, our time, and most importantly our love. Sharing of ourselves in this way will generate a treasure in our heart that will travel with us into eternity. The stock market can crash, the housing market can grumble, the company we work for can go out of business – financial stability is never a sure thing; however, our spiritual stability is guaranteed when we seek the will of God in all that we do. Nothing is more valuable than our relationship with God.
Our most precious treasure is that which has been generated by a heart focused on serving God by serving others. There isn’t any amount of material gain that can compare with the gift of eternal life bestowed on those who have trusted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. When we leave this life behind and join Jesus in all eternity, we will also leave behind every one of our treasures on earth. What we will be taking with us into eternity is the reward received for the blessings we have shared with others in this life. Our goal in this life should be to store up treasures in heaven rather than treasures on earth.