Treasure That Lasts
Read: Matthew 6:19-21 & Proverbs 4:23
One Christmas I received a beautiful cashmere sweater as a gift. I loved everything about it from the way it fit to the softness of the wool, and it quickly became a prized possession. I wore it every chance I got, and then once winter was over, I packed it up and put it away for the next year. When fall rolled around a few months later I opened the box of stored winter clothes, and there was my favorite sweater full of moth eaten holes. In an instant my treasure became trash.
Jesus says in Matthew 6, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” It is easy to lose eternal perspective in a consumer culture. The race to build our own kingdoms on this earth is enticing, and when we focus on personal gain we take our eyes off Jesus and put them on ourselves. Jesus directly relates what we do with our treasure to the measure of our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
Guarding the heart takes personal action; it doesn’t happen on accident. A heart left unguarded is open for greed to creep in. So the choice is ours to make between what could easily be tomorrow’s trash or undefiled treasure in heaven. Where will you invest?
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