FEB 14

Matthew 6:19-21
Memorise Colossians 3:1-2
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth”


In this passage, Jesus is teaching us to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven, and not on earth. Treasures on earth are subject to decay and loss. Moths eat holes through our clothes. They can destroy the most expensive, elaborate clothes and shoes that you have. Cars and other electronics are most vulnerable to rust breakdowns. They are subject to wear and tear and their value drops with each passing year. Thieves and pickpockets are quick to pounce on carelessly unattended belongings. Have you ever had your phone or wallet stolen before? How frustrating was it? We realise that all these possessions that we value are so temporal and will all pass away one day.

Jesus is calling us to look on the possessions that we have with a renewed mind. They are always temporary and subject to loss and decay. They serve a purpose in enriching or adding convenience to our lives. However, hoarding them will only bring sorrow and disappointment. When we set our hearts upon them, we fall into the temptation of being worldly in our ways. We are committing idolatry if we put our riches above God. Jesus challenges us as He challenged his hearers then, to ask ourselves where our treasure is. If our treasure is on earth and the things of this world, our heart will be there as well. But if our heart is focused on God and on laying up treasures in heaven, your heart will be steadfastly fixed on the things of God and heaven.

Dear teen, God is not condemning us for being wealthy or rich. The question is, are you pursuing those things at the expense of your spiritual growth? Money is not bad; it is the love of money that is the root of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Many young graduates have been heard to say that they want to make their first million before they are thirty. That is a dangerous ambition if their thoughts are only of making lots of money in this world. Banish such thoughts and fight the temptation to lay up earthly treasures. Instead, seek the things that are above.

Thought: We cannot serve God and mammon.
Prayer: Our gracious loving heavenly Father, may I learn to faithfully tithe and give to missions for the spread of the gospel. May I be willing to use my resources to help the poor and needy to glorify Thy name.