Verse 19: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal;
Verse 20: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.
Verse 21: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
What do we treasure? We can tell because where we put our time and what we think about show our priorities. Heaven’s treasures are not material things but are eternal things, or things that God values. To learn to value what God does helps us lay up treasures in heaven. We learn what He values by seeking His truth from the scriptures and the words of His prophets. Daily immersing ourselves in His words helps us to recognize what is important to Him. Doing what we learn helps it to increase in value to us. This is a day by day process which changes us and continues through one’s life.
Verse 22: The light of the body is the eye; if, therefore, thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Verse 23: But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If, therefore, the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Verse 24: No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.
What is light? That which helps us see, understand, or know. Jesus Christ is called the light in the scriptures. The eye helps us see light. The light being single means motive is pure which helps our whole selves be full of light, seeking that which is good and pure. If a person’s purpose is evil then his eye is filled with darkness.
Darkness and light do not exist together. We choose which we serve. This seems to imply motive to me. What are the reasons we do what we do? Are we seeking God’s will and His purposes or something else? Evaluation of ourselves helps us know ourselves better and enables us to choose what we truly desire.
Verse 25: And now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words He looked upon the twelve whom He had chosen, and said unto them: Remember the words which I have spoken. For behold, ye are they whom I have chosen to minister unto this people. Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Verse 26: Behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Verse 27: Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
Verse 28: And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin;
Verse 29: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these.
Verse 30: Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, even so will He clothe you, if ye are not of little faith.
Verse 31: Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Verse 32: For your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Verse 33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
Verse 34: Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.
These words to the Lord’s chosen servants help me realize that as we participate in His work that our motive needs to be to serve, or help, others. We don’t need to worry about ourselves but can trust God to take care of our needs as we do His work. What we eat or wear is not the priority; how we minister and seek God’s ways should be the priority for His servants. Seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and letting our physical needs work out in the Lord’s ways is His instruction for those who do His work.
God is capable of doing His work. He invites others to assist in His work because of the way it blesses them. Learning to do His will His way is a good goal. It helps us be malleable in His hands and allows Him to bless us and those we serve. A desire to do His work enables Him to work through us. He wants our hearts to be one with His. He wants us to learn to love those we serve as He loves them.
Learning to be servants of God is a daily long term work. It feels good when we are able to see His efforts work in us to help others. Joy comes from learning to let His will work through our hands and efforts.
May we seek to bring peace and relief to those around us.