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Weekend Edition – Ageless Moneybags

September 26, 2009

I came across Luke 12:32-34 this week, which talks about true treasure and uses the word moneybags, which I think is cool.

In our day, moneybags has come to describe someone who is extravagantly wealthy (think: Rich Uncle Moneybags from Monopoly), but back in the day it was simply a bag for carrying your money. 

Take a look at what Jesus has to say about our moneybags.

32 “Fear not, little  flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

33  Sell your possessions, and  give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with  a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.

34  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

ESV Study Bible notes for reflection:

Luke 12:33–34 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy is a strong emphasis in Luke.

Moneybags that do not grow old is a metaphor for the place where one stores one’s treasures. Because the believer’s treasures are stored in heaven, the believer’s “moneybag” (the heavenly storehouse of his treasure) will never wear out, will not fail, and is safe from being stolen by thieves and destroyed by moths (cf. Matt. 6:19–21).

In contrast to the world’s preoccupation with possessions, the disciples are to be characterized by exceedingly great generosity, especially in giving to those in need (lit., “to give alms”).

This even has eternal implications—for, as Jesus solemnly warns, where your treasure is (whether on earth or in heaven,) there will your heart be also.

This concluding proverb (Luke 12:34) emphasizes the importance of the disposition of one’s heart, which throughout Scripture represents the center of one’s being and one’s deepest desires, including one’s reason, convictions, emotions, and will.

The nature of one’s heart is reflected in the things that one values most.

What we value and treasure most in our hearts is seen in what we do with our money.   What a great reminder that the things of this world will fade and pass away, but what we do for the kingdom will last!!

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