“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.” Matthew 6:19-21
I heard a pastor once say, “If you want to know what your priorities are, look no further than your checkbook and your planner.”
If I’m honest, more often than not my calendar and my checkbook give more attention to things that will have no lasting impact.
When Jesus discusses treasures in the Gospels, he is making reference to those things in our life that we hold in high esteem. Sadly, the things that we treasure are things that can be a hindrance to knowing and loving Him. They can keep us from loving others as ourselves. These treasures may not be wrong by themselves. They are often good things. But they become an idol when we put higher value on them than on loving and following Jesus.
Work and a packed planner can become an idol. Do we find our identity in what we do, rather than who we are as a child of God? Are we sending our children a message that their accomplishments via academics and activities define who they are, rather than modeling unconditional love as God does for us?
Treasures can mean anything we hold in higher value than Jesus. Where’s your treasure?
Father, forgive me for investing in earthly treasures, and overlooking eternal things. Guide me toward loving the things in life that have eternal value. Amen.
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