With the loads of information at our disposal on the internet, we are expected to be people who are very well informed on issues. But the question is, does being better informed make us into better persons?
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Matthew 6:19-23 New International Version (NIV)
Today, Jesus in Matthew 6:19-23 informs us about the essential difference between the treasure of earth and the treasure of heaven. But that information can only make us better persons when we decide to seek the treasures of heaven. Only then will information not just inform us, it will also form us into better persons.
‘Treasure’ in this sense are acts of goodness and righteousness. When we do good works and await the praise of others we are storing our treasures here on earth. To store up treasures in heaven is to focus on good works which stems from the heart and does not expect any human recognition, so as to develop a closer relationship with God.
Beloved, every good deed we do should have God as the focus not human praise.
Peace and Joy
Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey
Lord, may our deeds be good and may they be pleasing in Your eyes as You transform them into treasures. Help us develop a closer relationship with You, Father. Amen