Read Matthew 6:19-21
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. (NLT)
Many of us get genuine pleasure out of the purchase of something new or different. A piece of technology that can make life easier; a new car which enables us to travel more comfortably or safely; a household gadget that eases our workload; clothing items that cause us to feel that much better about ourselves.
Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t mean dismissing such pleasures. Material things can be part of God’s good gifts to us. But Jesus here warns us against putting too much emphasis on them. He gives us two good reasons.
One is that our new computers or cars or phones or shoes or solid-fuel heaters will one day become old. They will wear out or fail to do the job we want them to do. And even before that they may not work properly and so be sources of frustration. ‘Moth and rust’ are inevitable.
The other reason is that if we give these things too much prominence they will begin to dominate us. They show us up for being preoccupied with material and thus transient things. Our attention is drawn away from Jesus.
By all means enjoy material goods. But never let them become our treasure. And never forget the moth and the rust.