Friday, June 22, 2007

True Treasures

"Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moth and woodworm destroy them and thieves can break in and steal. But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor woodworm destroys them and thieves cannot break in and steal. For wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be, too."

Matthew 6:19-21

Where does your treasure lie? I was talking to someone recently who said that they loved to work and make money. I appreciated the honesty it takes to acknowledge that, but I couldn't help feeling a little sad for the person. There is nothing wrong with making money. We all need it to live and provide for ourselves and our families; and ideally we should enjoy our work and bring our best to it. But having money-making be one's focus in life goes against the Gospel message. The things that money can buy are only temporary. We need or want them here, but the value they provide to our eternal lives is minimal.

Isn't it more important to worry about our relationship with God and our love of neighbor?

1 comment:

Wing said...

I also know people who like to work and make money, but not all of them are as materialistic as the stereotype suggests. To many, working is a tangible goal, and the amount they make is a way of score-keeping to measure their success. It's less about making money, but more about having goals and challenges in life. This behavior is quite typical of people with type A personality.