A First Book of Daily Readings
by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (selected by Frank Cumbers)
Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also
[Jesus] says, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth.” What does He mean by this? First of all we must avoid interpreting this only with respect to money. Many have done that and have regarded this as a statement addressed only to rich people. That, I suggest, is foolish. It is addressed to all others also. He does not say, “Lay not up for yourselves money” but “Lay not up for yourselves treasures.”
“Treasures” is a very large term and all-inclusive. It includes money, but it is not money only. It means something much more important. Our Lord is concerned here not so much about our possessions as with our attitude towards our possessions….
There is nothing wrong in having wealth in and of itself; what can be very wrong is a man’s relationship to his wealth. And the same thing is true about everything that money can buy.
Indeed we go further. It is a question of one’s whole attitude towards life in this world. Our Lord is dealing here with people who get their main, or even total, satisfaction in this life from things that belong to this world only. What He is warning against here … is that a man should confine his ambition, his interests, and his hopes to this life; … it becomes a much bigger subject than the mere possession of money.
Poor people need this exhortation … quite as much as the rich. We all have treasures in some shape or form. It may not be money. It may be husband, wife, or children…. To some people their treasure is their house. That whole danger of being house proud, of living for your house and home, is dealt with here.
No matter what it is, … if it is everything to you, that is your treasure; that is the thing for which you are living. This is the danger against which our Lord is warning us at this particular point.
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, ii, pp. 80-1
— found at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church web site.
These thoughts remind me of the words of my former Pastor Jay Wimberly, a paraphrase, “hold on to the things in this life loosely”.