Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Make money-bags for yourselves that won’t grow old, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
— Luke 12:33
When Jesus calls us out of pursuing earthly treasures it is not so that we would suffer in poverty, but so that we can have the joy of possessing true treasures that never end. When Jesus rebukes us for chasing after money and wealth in this world it is not because He hates us being satisfied; it’s because He desires for us to experience the maximum amount of satisfaction possible, and worldly wealth and possessions are often deterrents from that experience.
In his sermon titled “The Weight of Glory”, C.S. Lewis says “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by an offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Don’t fall for the false ideals underlying the American Dream which say that the pursuit of happiness is synonymous with the pursuit of self advancement in this world. The only things that you can accumulate on earth that you can take with you to heaven are people. Seek heavenly treasures that last eternity.
Heavenly Father, forgive me for being too easily pleased with the things that this world has to offer. Please give me a new perspective so that it would be natural to chase after eternal treasures, rather than earthly treasures. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!