For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
For where your desires lay there your heart will be also for truth lies in the soul where them not in spirit remain in hypocrisy
What Does Matthew 6:21 Mean? ►
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
How important that we hold this world’s wealth and wisdom, together with position and power very lightly, for what we treasure in our hearts will become that which we worship.
We brought nothing into this world and will take nothing out of it and yet too often we spend the majority of our time accumulating unimportant things, and glorifying in the gaudy trinkets of this temporal world, at the expense of storing up a heavenly wealth of God’s glorious blessings, as part of our eternal heritage.
Oh, our eternal life is a free gift of grace, but we have the opportunity to lay up for ourselves treasure in our heavenly home. We can live a life where our focus is on the good things of this life or we can keep the eyes of our heart focussed on the Lord Jesus Christ and His perfect righteousness.
When we treasure the things of this world, our heart is far from the Lord, but when He becomes the greatest Treasure of our lives, our heart will worship at His feet – in grateful thanksgiving and praise.
The love of earthly treasure is a root of all kinds of evil, which can cause the believer to wander from the good news of the gospel of grace It can cause us to forfeit many of the rich blessings that God desires for each of His children to receive.
Let us treasure the things of the Lord, and unrelentingly pursue after righteousness and godliness, faith and love, perseverance and gentleness, humility of heart and joy in the Lord – for when our treasure is rooted and grounded in Jesus, then o
What does Matthew 6:21 mean?
A person’s priorities are reflected by two sets of records: checkbooks and appointment books. In other words, where a person spends their money and their time is proof of what they truly value. Saying “this is important to me” is hypocrisy if not backed up with the way our lives are lived.
This well-known verse goes to the heart of Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1–2). Most people in Jesus’ audience grew up believing what mattered most to God was performance: action, behavior, and words. The Pharisees were thought to be the most spiritual because they closely followed behaviors tied to rules, regulations, and traditions. What Christ has been teaching is that God cares most about what His people are thinking and feeling. Righteous actions matter but are truly righteous only when accompanied by a devoted heart (Matthew 6:1–2, 5–6, 16–17).
Jesus has also applied this perspective to money. He has taught not to stockpile riches and possessions on earth. Those are temporary and easily lost. Instead, He has said, stockpile rewards in eternity by your true, inner devotion to God (Matthew 6:19–20). His point is not that Christians cannot have wealth, or they should not own anything. Rather, He means that we can only have one ultimate priority (Matthew 6:24), which should be God.
Attitudes toward wealth matter because our hearts are owned by whatever we consider our “treasure.” That proves to be the real foundation of our thoughts, affection, and hopes. If we focus time, energy, and effort on building wealth for ourselves on earth, that wealth is what our hearts will focus on. If we focus on building rewards from God in heaven, our hearts will focus on the experience of enjoying that “treasure” forever. Rather than being motivated by temporary wealth, we’ll emphasize honoring God and His will.
Matthew 6:19–24 contains Jesus’ perspective on money and its place in the hearts of God’s people. This flows directly from His teaching that inner thoughts and motivations are part of righteousness. God, and His will, are what matter, not the opinions of other people. Here, Jesus tells the crowds not to stockpile temporary treasure on earth. Rather, they should be working towards godly goals—”storing up” rewards in heaven with choices driven by sincere devotion to God. Where we place our treasure indicates the real priority of our hearts. Those who live for worldly wealth live in inner darkness. Only one thing can be truly primary in a person’s life. Each person must choose whether to serve God, or their own selfish interests.
The Sermon on the Mount continues in chapter 6, which is entirely composed of the words of Christ. Jesus teaches that God rewards deeds motivated by sincere devotion to Him, not by approval from other people. He teaches a simple and authentic model prayer. Christ warns against stockpiling money and possessions on earth. Instead, believers should make choices that store up treasure in heaven. A person’s top priority can either be God, or money, but cannot be both. Along with that, Jesus says believers should fight against anxiety about daily needs. The heavenly Father knows what we need. All we need to do is pursue His kingdom and righteousness; He will take care of our needs, one day at a time.