Read Matthew 6:19-24
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.
22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. (NLT)
Life is so much a matter of focus. If we focus on all that is wrong with us or all that might go wrong with us, life is distorted. Jesus suggests that if our focus is on material things, life is out of shape.
Not because material things are in themselves evil. God made a material world and gave us material things to enjoy in it. Rather, because life is more than the material even though the material is a part of it.
Material things like money or property or various experiences can benefit us and we need not be ashamed to enjoy them. But they are passing and subject to decay and loss. So if they become our primary focus we set ourselves up for disappointment. We were made for more than mere materialism.
If our primary focus is on what is essentially passing we become spiritually unhealthy. We have distorted devotions. In our search for material treasures, we miss out on other sorts of treasure. We discover that material things can be delightful servants but doubtful masters.