In Luke 12, verse 34 Jesus Christ says your heart or mind will be where your treasure is.
32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12, 32-34)
I think most of you are very familiar with the common conclusions that we normally derive from the above scriptures. However, I am not taking that usual road. Instead, I will be analyzing it from a different perspective.
As we all know very well, heart in this context is not a physical organ, it is the mind, the most prominent part of an individual, the part that makes a person a “living being” that is where all our thoughts are originated, decisions are made, and actions are taken. Anything that controls the heart or mind controls that person.
When Jesus said the above verses, I think, He had only one thing in His mind:
To make us obey the two most important commandments in the Bible which are described in Mathew 22, 37-40.
First, let us analyze the most important Commandment:
The first and the greatest commandment says: Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. But, nowadays, who of us really love the LORD like this commandment says. Nobody! I could say this without even a pinch of doubt.
Saints, Nowadays, in this globalized society, money has become so important that both believers and non-believers alike carry only one thought in their mind – that is: how to make a little bit more money and how to save a little bit more money.
Why this thought is constantly in our mind? Because, money has become the most important thing in life, especially nowadays. Unlike olden days when some of the basic things we could get free, for example, water, now we have to pay for everything.
We have to buy everything that we need. Nothing is free, and of course, we need money for them. So, it is natural that we all think about earning more and saving more.
But the funny part is, we never reach a stage that we are satisfied with what we have earned or saved. No matter how much we earn or how much we save, we still want more and our heart is always occupied with thoughts related to earning and saving.
From an unbeliever’s perspective, there is nothing wrong with this attitude; his heart can be completely occupied with the thoughts of money. But for a believer, it is big problem.
The commandment says: Love the LORD your God With all your heart but instead, we love money with all our heart. There is a big contradiction here.
If thoughts of money or treasures occupies our whole heart, then money has become our master and there is no room for God.
The Word says: We cannot serve two masters at the same time; we can serve only one; either money or God. Most of us choose money. Am I right?
24“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. (Matthew 6, 24)
Jesus understood this dilemma very well and he offered a solution:
Sell all the possessions and give to the poor, so our mind will be free from the thoughts of treasures or wealth or money.
Once, we give away everything we possess for the kingdom of God, then, our mind is free and it will be occupied with the thoughts of God and His Kingdom; it becomes so easy to love the LORD with all our heart.
You might think this is crazy. You might ask:
How can we live like this in the 21st century?
But, let me tell you, if we examine storing up treasures on earth from a heavenly perspective, we will find that; it is meaningless, because, it has no value in heaven’s Account Book.
It becomes valuable only when we sell and distribute them among the poor.
Saints, your earthly treasures change its nature as soon you distribute them to the poor. It is immediately recorded in your account in heaven. It transforms from a material that is of perishable nature into a material that is of imperishable nature. Isn’t it wonderful?
This is the reality in heaven and this is what Jesus was talking about.
But do we believe what He said? No, we don’t believe, though we call Him LORD we don’t follow His advice.
If we really did believe in what He said, we would have obeyed Him by selling all our possessions and giving to the poor.
Please remember, this is not something impossible for us to do; in early church people did it and they were all contented and happy.
Next let us analyze the second commandment.
Well, now I have a great question for you: How do you love your neighbor?
Is it by greeting him on the way? Or by giving him a hug when you meet him at the market place? No! I don’t think these are signs of our love for our neighbors.
As per the Bible, we love our neighbor by helping him in his needs. By Providing what he needs. If you meet a homeless man on the street and give him shelter, you are being a good neighbor to him; you behave like a kind neighbor to him.
So, when we do as Jesus commanded in Luke 12, 37 – sell all our possessions and give it to the poor – we are also doing exactly what Jesus commanded us to do in Matthew 22, 39 – Love your neighbor as yourself.
We are selling all our treasures on earth and distributing them to the poor, so that their needs are met, they are not homeless any more, they are not hungry anymore, they are not without medical care anymore. Do you understand the glory of what you are doing?
Saints Listen carefully: If the Christians of the contemporary world share their excess wealth, we will have enough money to make the whole African Continent poverty Free.
When we hold more than what we need, we are holding someone’s else share. You have in excess that is why your neighbor don’t have.
Of course, my thinking is a bit different from your thinking. It may not be so practical to do as I recommend, I know your limitations in a world like the one we live in. Anyway, I am just sharing my thoughts.
As a Christian if you could share with others whatever excess you have; it will be a blessing for others and also a blessing for you. It will not only add more in your wallets on earth but also in your wallets in heaven.
Please Remember: You are more blessed when you give and not when you receive. If you don’t have enough to give, it is because you don’t give out of your little. See what the verse says:
35In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Acts 20, 35) ”
Another point we need to keep in mind is: each time when we help a poor person we are lending to the LORD.
Saints, if you are lending to the LORD, definitely, he will return what you have lent Him and it will be a double portion:
One here on earth itself and another when you reach heaven.
Also, in heaven what you receive might be much more precious and invaluable than what you had given away on earth.
This is true, please believe what your LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ taught you. When you get to heaven you will see it.
So, Stay Blessed by giving to the poor out of what you have earned and saved.