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August 31, 2011 / windlessly

VERSE- Material Possessions

Matthew 6:19-21
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:19-21 is a hard verse to understand. It comes as no surprise seeing as how basically goes against human nature. We all want to be “successful,” right? Earn decent wages, raise a family, eventually retire and pursue your hobbies…. even for those of us who don’t aspire to be rich or famous, a good life is defined in our lives as having enough money to get by and to enjoy our time on Earth. And that’s fine, isn’t it? We’re okay as long as we don’t desire to be insanely rich?

The problem is that the verse says “treasures on earth,” which does not necessarily mean “great wealth.” It took me a while to realize this, but it doesn’t even mean money. We have all kinds of desires in daily life, ranging from wanting clothes to buying new shoes to getting something expensive like a car. We wish to be accepted and liked by others, or to have a lot of attention. We want the best grades and the chance to go the best colleges. But none of that lasts. Education, careers, jobs, money, reputations, friends…. you can’t even guarantee those things during your life, how can you expect to have those after your life? Even if you haven’t accepted Christ as your Savior yet or don’t believe in an afterlife, think about this: earthly possessions are not forever. They are never secure. They can never make you truly happy. At any moment a hurricane or natural disaster could rip apart your home, destroying everything you own. All that you’d have left is your body, which you can’t guarantee either to be protected from injuries, illness, or disease. You could get fired from your job any morning. Reputations can fall apart overnight. Friendships can be torn.

The only friendship that can’t be suddenly torn is the friendship you have with Jesus, who is loyal and forever. You don’t need life insurance or second precautions or backups when it comes to having a relationship with Him. That’s what it means to store up treasures in heaven, to love everyone and to submit yourself to God. He’ll reward you for trusting him and having faith. Only then will you have something that can never be taken away.

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  1. Mari / Sep 1 2011 12:38 am

    Thanks for stopping at my blog today!I really enjoyed this post. You are so right about possessions – treasures in heaven are so much better!

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