Matthew 6:19-21 (NLT)
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Jesus is warning against worldly thoughts which can be a common symptom of hypocrisy. Satan is able to use our desires and secretly turn them in professions of faith only used to serve ourselves. Therefore we should carefully choose the treasures we build up for ourselves. Better to do things we can cherish than to build physical possessions which will go to ruin or be passed on to someone else.
W. M. Kiplinger in 1920 founder a successful company focused on financial issues. The Kiplinger letter was created in 1923 and is still today one of the longest continuously published newsletter. Right in the heart of Washington, D.C., they also created the nations first personal finance magazine. They have also expanded onto the internet where they offer financial advice. In a February 2008 article titled, “The Virtues of Vice Stocks - Worried about the growing risk of recession? Use sin stocks to gin up your portfolio.” by Thomas M. Anderson, Associate Editor. The quote was “hard times won't stop gamblers from betting, partygoers from drinking and smokers from puffing. In fact, economic turbulence might give them even more reason to indulge. That makes so-called sin stocks, or shares of alcohol, gaming and tobacco companies, a safe bet as the U.S. economy slows.” The question is does anyone stop to think of the impact to those addicted to these problems. Do they think what will happen if the government makes a judgment against these companies causing their stocks to drop. God wants us to invest in people’s lives. God looks to us to care for others and support them when they need help. He doesn’t want us investing in things to cause others to fail and fall. Put your heart in the right place and that is where your treasures will follow. Let your treasures be stored in heaven instead of letting them be siphoned away.