“for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…..¶“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:21, 24 LSB. https://bible.com/bible/3345/mat.6.21-24.LSB
Jesus is God according to the Christian religion. As such, His words are the very words of God. His words have ultimate meaning; ultimately, we will be judged by Him based on His meaning. Where is our treasure, what are we investing into, what do we love most and want most? He invites us to consider this, for if it is not Him, then our very souls are in jeopardy of being eternally separated from Him to the fires of hell. We cannot serve God and wealth. Those words should haunt us as we labor daily for retirement, financial goals, and more effortless living. How do we prove to God and ourselves that our hearts are not first in love with worldly treasure? What and how much are we giving, serving, and sharing to the glory of God and the establishment of His kingdom upon the earth as it is in heaven? Is our primary focus the proclamation of Jesus as Savior and the discipleship of His people as Lord of their lives? Do we invest our money, time, prayers, and witness as much as possible, as often as possible, seeing tangible results often, to people coming to saving faith in Jesus and growing in that faith toward obedience? We build bank accounts, businesses, and retirement homes consistently. We see their accumulation and development. If God is our first love and His kingdom on earth our treasure, then we should likewise see a natural increase in the people in our lives coming to faith and growing in their faith if we are working, investing, and earnestly seeking these things as we are worldly things. Where are our hearts? What is our treasure? What do we see growing and being accumulated by our time and effort?