One of our not so great features as humans is the ability to hide who we truly are, even from our own selves. It is easy for us to adapt a language and a set of behaviors that allow us to project one thing on the outside––and yet sometimes be totally conflicted and confused about who we really are on the inside.
In stating ”Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” Jesus is giving us a way to begin to get to the bottom of who we are.
In practical terms, what we spend most of our resources on: such as time (our calendars), money (our check books, and credit card statements), and emotions (the focus of our worry) will be a good indication of what we’re really about.
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Questions for personal reflection and group discussion:
1) If you took an inventory about where you spend most of your resources, (time, money, emotional headroom, etc.) what is it currently revealing to you about what you value most?
2) Have you ever justified actions you knew were fueled by an intense desire for something or someone, wherein deep down inside you knew the obsession could lead you to unhealthy places? Share your story. Did you hide your true motives from yourself? If so, how?
Jesus then follows up with the idea that we can’t serve two masters; that we we’ll either love one and hate the other, that we cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24)
3) What do you think are the logical outcomes, if your life is completely devoted to material wealth, and if it was completely devoted to God? In your life, how do you think these two values might end up colliding?
4) In your opinion, why should anyone make God their ultimate treasure?
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[c] your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.