For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
One year for Christmas a friend of ours received a DVD player. His excitement quickly gave way to disappointment. His tv was one of the first things he paid for himself as a young adult. Unfortunately, it was too old to have a connection for the DVD player.
Recently during a visit with our friend and his family, his daughter told us her daddy said when he gets his new tv she is never to touch it or the remote. It saddened us when he proudly told us the same thing. What message is his daughter receiving: stewardship for possessions, or an electronic device is more important than your feelings?
Jesus wanted to make sure we understood what our greatest treasure really is. He spelled it out for the rich, young ruler, and in the parable about the foolish man who was going to tear down his barns and build new ones to hold all of his treasure.
When Jesus told his disciples the two greatest commandments, love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself, he didn’t mention loving our “stuff”. If we’re keeping those two commandments, our priorities, our treasures, are likely to be exactly where Jesus wants them to be.