Thanks to You, Lord, I have reduced my TV watching to almost nothing. At least, compared to what it used to be! 🙂
My current average is about 30 minutes a day… mostly news. Is that why I keep seeing the same commercials whenever I turn on the TV?
“What’s in your safe?” and “What’s in your wallet?”
I don’t have a safe. I do have a wallet. But the message is the same: Which precious metal or credit card should I trust to give me the most for my money?
That got me thinking… about what really gives me the greatest return on my investment.
“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)
There are some really key words here… aren’t there, Lord?
“Where“… Treasures are somewhere. Worn and/or used and/or stored. On display or all boxed up. Freshly polished or collecting dust.
“your“… Treasures are personal. No one else cherishes precisely what we cherish. Whatever the “treasure” is, it is credited to our account, no one else’s.
“treasure“… Treasures are worth something to us. They are whatever we value and highly esteem.
“heart“… Treasures capture our heart. Is it because we hold them close? In a way, honoring them? Is it because we identify with them somehow? As if we are personally “enriched” by them? Perhaps valuing and esteeming ourselves for having them?
What are the “treasures” on earth that moths and vermin can destroy? This is not a hypothetical question for me. I have owned one or more of these and witnessed the destruction of those moths and vermin! 🙁
Winter clothing full of holes, like wooly versions of swiss cheese.
A brand new “pillow top” mattress raided by mice, who liked my selection so much they made off with the down for their own bedding upgrade.
“Rust-proof” furniture that “proves” only that rust never sleeps. (OK… So rust isn’t technically alive, but then why do we say “it never sleeps” as if it could?) 🙂
How about the “treasures” on earth that thieves break in and steal?
Anything that money can buy. Like a used outboard motor on a small fishing boat.
Scenario #1: Sitting in a driveway, in a “safe” suburban neighborhood.
Scenario #2: Sitting in the water of a smalltown lake, where theft of any kind used to be nonexistent.
There one day. Gone the next.
Besides… For those things stored in safes: Are any of those really that “safe” in these days of high-tech safecracking?
But what about Treasures in Heaven?
What moth could chew up an encouraging word or a warm embrace? Or eat “holes” in our acceptance of Your Unfailing Love for us, Lord… once we finally understand and experience it?
What vermin could destroy the majesty of Mt. Everest? Or the Truth that You are the Living Word who truly sets us free?
What thief could steal the inner glow left by a random (or not-so-random) act of kindness? Or the certainty of Your Victory for us on the cross… and the Abundant Life You offer us as a result?
How about the Treasure of Your Supernatural Peace and Eternal Security, Lord… neither of which is dependent on whatever is (or isn’t) in my earthly safe or wallet???!!!
“Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with an oath… We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:17,19)
GRACE — God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.
Oh, Jesus… Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!