I came across Mathew 6 where Jesus teaches regarding laying up treasures in heaven rather than on earth. I have read these verses many times and although I grasped the general concept and idea, I have never really stopped to read it as I did today.
I started reading verse by verse and seeking distinctions in the dictionary for each word in hopes I would gain a different perspective. The result has been eye opening!
He starts on verse 19 by saying ” Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where the moth can corrupt and rust destroys and where thieves break in and steal”
I then sought the distinctions of the words moth, rust and thief in a much proper way rather then the assumed definitions based on everyday generalities.
According to my findings the proper definition for such are as followed:
A nocturnal insect similar to butterflies and is attracted to light.
Substance formed on the surface of iron and steel as a result of reacting with water and air. Rust can cause metal parts that are supposed to slide over one another to become stuck and can also make holes in sheet metal. Keeps iron (which is a conductor); from conducting proper electricity.
A person who steals another person’s property specially by stealth and without using force or violence.
I was then in shock at how many times I unknowingly allowed the moths, rusts and thieves to corrupt and teal from me. I realized I have taken many actions in life which is to “lay up” that were absolutely correct and yet around the wrong surroundings. I am a person who truly tries to keep a heaven perspective when making decisions and I strive to not aim for earth only. How could then a person that prays like a do and read as much as I do end up not properly discerning these things sooner than later?
Notice that the moth although an insect and appears to fly as a butterfly does, it is not a butterfly. They are also attracted to light and as to butterflies; artificial light confuses them as they rely on the natural light of the Sun to guide them.
The rust is formed upon as a result of interacting with water and wind and makes itself noticeable on the surface of strong metals such as iron and steel. In Proverbs 27:17 it is mentioned that iron sharpens iron. Rust is then of no benefit, except to make itself known in such ways; given that it is formed on the surface of such metal as a result of interaction. Now we can see who they are and distinguish the difference.
What truly blew my mind the most, was when I searched for the definition of what a common everyday thief is. I had this generalized idea that I would certainly know if a thief broke in. Things would be messy, items would be gone and something would be visibly broken. Evidence would certainly be all over the place. Isn’t that what we see in movies and the common portrait reality of what a thief is?
Well, as you can see in the definition provided above, stealth is their main trait. Going unnoticed as one. The everyday thief tends to not use force or violence and are “pros” at keeping it under the raps.
Jesus is attempting to warn us in this parable and those who have eyes will see and those who have ears will mostly hear what He is intending. He follows on verse 20 and 21 by saying ” but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”
I don’t want to turn this into a long message but as I have seen incredible value in this; I desire the same for you. Having said this, I went after the definition of the importance of the heart. The heart is defined as the central or innermost part of something. It is also a hollow muscular organ that pumps the blood through the circulatory system by rhythmic contraction and dilation, being essential for the survival of a being.
A treasure is defined as a valuable item, a gem, cherished, gold, silver and something to keep carefully.
Wow, although these appeared to me as simple definitions I took a careful look at the message given. The enemy wants to disturb our hearts, for it is essential for our sustainability and life. The thing is what does the enemy look like?
Without placing judgement and rather attempting to discern surroundings; how many times did the enemy go unnoticed? Perhaps dressed as a moth and perceived by many as a butterfly? A thief and yet so stealth in tactics that we may have perceived as calm and collected. A rust; to rub off on those who consider themselves iron only to produce corruption?
We are to sort through, distinguish and define our surroundings in attempt to not treasure a moth like person, a thief or a rust. Rather take actions towards a place where these don’t stand a chance of infiltrating. This is in regards to our own selves too! We are also to search within and make sure we are not being these definitions in our lives towards ourselves or towards another.
The things, people, places, activities and conversations we treasure affect our heart’s wealth and health. I don’t mean just in a physical way either; I believe that some without knowing are being affect spiritually due to such things.
Jesus as we understand that you resurrected and are still alive, please help us to distinguish our surroundings. Instruct us on how to lay up our treasures in heaven where the moth, thief and rust cannot destroy. Help us to be people that are internally and externally healthy and instruct us also on what to treasure.