Treasures in Heaven
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Luke 12:34).
My 12-year-old son's favorite pastime after our homeschooling day was looking for hidden items in the ground with his metal detector. Searching for money, old bullet shells, jewelry, and other items consumed hours of his time. At first, I loved seeing his excited face as he came running into the house with each latest treasure. Soon, however, I noticed a change in his attitude. Like a gambler placing his next bet, he seemed to be driven to find the next treasure that might be worth hundreds of dollars. Greed had taken over, and we needed to bring his hobby under Christ's lordship.
As Christians, we spend hours looking for purpose and meaning in the treasures of this world, too. Sadly, these treasures begin to lose their value, and we start to look for bigger and better cars, homes, cameras, clothes, and pleasurable items. Like the foolish man in Luke 12:16-21 whose life was cut short, we may find someone else enjoying the very treasures we were storing for ourselves. "But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided" (Luke 12:20)?
What about you? Is your treasure in heaven, or are you building bigger barns for more treasures on Earth? Heed God's warning today and think about making yourself rich toward God instead of pleasing yourself. "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).
Father, every day I feel bombarded by the temptation to want more. Help me to concentrate on the things on Earth that are truly important and search the Scriptures for the treasures of Your promises. In the name of Your Son, Jesus, Amen.