Money is an important area to the Lord. In Mark 10:17-27 we read of a wealthy young man who comes to Jesus and asks “Good master, what must I do to earn eternal life?” He had kept all the commandments, obeyed all the rules, yet he wanted more.
Jesus looked at him lovingly and said “There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come and follow me.” His face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.
Jesus then warned his disciples of how hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God. He said “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.”
This invitation that Christ held out to the rich young man is held out to all of us. The young mans’ attachment to things became an obstacle to following Christ. He preferred material things over Jesus. What am I attached to that keeps me from putting God first? Can I leave all behind and start laying up treasure for heaven now?
Living our faith is demanding. We don’t need to sell our possessions but we do need that spirit of detachment to see all things in their proper order and value. Remember that Christ is our greatest treasure. He’s at the top of the list . . . our most prized possession.
Jesus says in Matthew 6:24 “Man cannot serve two Masters: God and Mammon, for he will hate one and love the other.”
Where is your treasure?
Where is your heart?