Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Commands of Jesus: Store Your Treasures in Heaven

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I keep my kids in car seats and seat belts when driving.
However, even the addition of airbags and helmets
can not keep them perfectly, completely, safe while we’re on the road.

I carry my laptop in a high-quality protective backpack.
But the durable canvas and thick padding that guard my machine from dings and dents
will not protect it from the sticky-fingers of a determined thief.

It’s true…
A wise man keeps his valuables in a safe place.
A prudent woman protects and guards the things she treasures.
But is anywhere really safe?
Can anyone or any institution guarantee the 100% protection and safety of the things we hold dear?

And that’s why Jesus said this,
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 6:19-21)

Yup. The only truly safe place for anyone or anything is in the infinitely mighty hands of God.
Therefore we must make sure that the things we value in this life are things that have will have value in the next.
TVs, smart-phones, houses, cars and even gold bars are all vulnerable to one form of loss or another.
No sense in investing ourselves in those things. One nuclear bomb can ruin their whole day.

But the things we do for Jesus, the investment we make in His kingdom and the age to come, can never be lost, destroyed or stolen.

So - wear your seat belt, lock your doors, protect your laptop, but - store your real treasures in heaven.

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