“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. Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
Well, I have been stuck in this trap. What’s that? I have spent a great deal of time, energy and resources on storing up treasure on earth. I have wanted the latest and greatest things. I have chased after material possessions that I thought would make me happy. I went where I shouldn’t have gone. I have wanted what I didn’t need. I have pursued what would not satisfy. I now know that things will never satisfy me. Things will never leave me content. Yesterday’s “must have” is tomorrow’s piece of junk. It has been a fool’s errand for me to try to acquire all that the world had to offer. My life has been like chasing after a mirage that is just ahead on a sun baked road. When I reach that spot, what I thought I would have, is just ahead of me again. Well, I want off this never-ending road. I have had enough. I will no longer try to store up treasure on earth. That’s a very good decision.
Storing up treasure is not your problem. What’s that? What is my problem? You have chosen the wrong place to store up treasure. One day this world and all that is in it will pass away. Long before that, you will leave this earth to come to live forever in heaven with me. You will want to look back over your life to see that you have served me well. You will have wanted to go where I have guided you. You will have wanted to do what I have asked of you. You will have wanted to bear fruit for my kingdom. You will have wanted to bring glory to my name. Yes, I am sure that I will have wanted to serve you well by doing all that you have asked of me. It is my heart’s desire to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I know that about you. All the fruit that you will bear for me in your life is the treasure that you can and will be storing up in heaven. Make that your focus. Make that your goal. Don’t let anything side track you. Don’t swerve off course by pursuing the temporary treasures of this earth. Don’t waste your time, talent and energies on what will ultimately amount to nothing. Pursue me and do all that I have prepared for you to do. Then you will have no regrets. Then your life will be well used. Then you will have stored up an abundance of fruit and treasure in heaven with me. Yes Lord, I will store up treasure in heaven with you.
Lord, I have made the mistake of trying to store up treasures on earth. I have wanted all that the world had to offer me. What a foolish pursuit and waste of time. No more of that for me! I will set my heart on heaven and store up treasures there with you. Amen
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