“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 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. (Matt. 6:19-21 ESV)
Throughout our busy days, it’s often easy to lose sight of what’s truly important. While taking care of our families, doing our jobs, volunteering at church or service organizations, and even enjoying leisure activities are all fine, these things are not our sole purpose in life. Jesus laid out a different system of priorities in the Sermon on the Mount. And the apostle Paul is a good example of putting Christ and his purpose first in life.
The apostle Paul certainly did not lay up earthly treasure for himself. Instead, he traveled the known world proclaiming Christ and often suffering because of it. And yet, in Philippians 1:21 he says that for him “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Paul’s passion and purpose were focused on serving Christ and his church. Paul’s letters to the churches were full of encouragement and exhortation to remain firm in their calling in Christ. These churches — not physical buildings but the body of Christ — were Paul’s treasure. And when he died for the cause of Christ, I have no doubt that he heard his Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”