“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19–21
Recently I’ve been attracted to a more minimalist approach to living life. There just seems to me to be a lot of advantages to living life without all the unnecessary baggage it’s so easy to collect in the materialistic world we live in.
The first advantage is that you save your money for more meaningful, more satisfying things. Face it, there’s a price tag attached to everything. If we stop spending our hard earned money on so much worthless stuff we’ll have more of it available for the quality things we really need and want.
The second advantage is that you save time. All that stuff takes time. It takes you time to collect it and after you’ve collected it it now takes you time to keep it in order. Far better to stop getting those things that you’re just going to lose interest in in ten minutes and focus on those few things that will have lasting importance to you. All that saved time will also leave you the freedom of being able to spend your time on relationships. Your relationship with God and your relationships with family and friends. In the end it’s your investment in time with God, and time with family and time with friends that will bring you the greatest satisfaction.
Freed time and money will also open the door for experiences that you might have missed had you frittered your time and money away on worthless things. As we’ve already observed everything has a price tag, part of the price is money and part of the price is time. Choosing to spend our time and money on the few things in life that are truly important is the best choice.
But what truly matters? What’s the best choice?
In our focus text, Jesus advised us to lay up for ourselves treasure in heaven. In the end there are only two categories of investments that you can take to heaven. Investments in a godly character for yourself and investments in the godly characters of others. That’s all. Scripture tells us that everything else will be destroyed.
So invest yourself and your treasure in deepening your connection with your Heavenly Father and invest yourself in helping others to find their own connection with him. Nothing will give you greater satisfaction and no investment will give you a greater return.