Matthew 6:21 - 6:24
Steve Gregg holds that in the "Sermon on the Mount," Jesus spoke in idioms familiar to his Jewish listeners to emphasize that God considers a person's heart condition more important than their material worth. He cites Proverbs to illustrate that the person with the generous eye will be blessed by God, while the one with a greedy eye will be cursed. Jesus urged his listeners to lay their treasures in heaven, not Earth, as those who focus their hearts and minds on material wealth will not serve God. In this way, love of God is synonymous with love of one's brethren, which includes helping those in need.