Red Letter Day 8: What are your treasures?
2015 Lent Blog
Wednesday February 25
“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)
What are your treasures? As I look around my office there are a few things I highly value and might dare to call them treasures. There are several family pictures of my wife and kids that are treasures. I have two bibles that are treasures for me. One is a black leather bible that I have used for over 30 years and another is a Greek New Testament that is also over 30 years old. In fact I love how the Greek word for treasure is thesaurus. We use that name for a treasure book of synonyms and antonyms. Lastly I have a signed Al Kaline bat, my favorite baseball player growing up, given to me years ago that I might call a treasure.
Jesus here in this passage reminds us to consider things that last into eternal life and to treasure these things. All too often people get caught up going after things that don’t really matter, or will soon be worthless. I love the quote from a book I read a while ago about a man seeking treasure that will eventually rot and be destroyed. “I spent my life climbing the ladder of success until I reached the top and found out the ladder I had been climbing on was leaning against the wrong wall.” Jesus says put your heart and life in his hands.
In Christ’s Service,