Attending local household and farm sales became a favorite activity for my son and me during our homeschooling summer break. We loved searching for new treasures, and my son learned the fine art of bidding on items as they were auctioned. As we arrived at one particular farm sale, however, my spirit was saddened as we meandered through tables and boxes filled with antiques and old-fashioned keepsakes. An elderly widow who had lived alone for many years had passed away, and all that remained of her life was sitting before us. From homemade potholders and doilies to exquisite crystal and china, each item once treasured by this old woman was now for sale. The value and memories they held meant nothing to the strangers purchasing them, and each item sold for next to nothing. "How sad," I said to my son. "These things should be selling for much more. They might as well be giving them away!"
Reflecting on the transactions before me, I saw the foolishness of my priorities in life. Someday, I too would return to dust like this old woman with all my possessions being rummaged through by a new generation of treasure seekers. The value of what I had owned would mean nothing, and my possessions would simply be sold at the cheapest price. As I thought more deeply, I realized Christ's words were true, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal" (Matthew 6:19-20). Only the love I had shown to others while living for Christ would have any value, importance, or meaning.
What about you? Are you busy storing up treasures in heaven, or are you just accumulating things? Whatever you possess in this life will mean nothing when you stand face to face with your Creator. After all, the only treasures you can bring to heaven are the lives of those who come to know Christ as a result of your witness.
Lord, forgive me when I value the wrong things in life. Teach me to know what's truly priceless in Your eyes, so Your will may be done in my life. In the name of Jesus, Amen.