April 17 - Matthew 6:19-21

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April 17 - Matthew 6:19-21

“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.”

This is another of those passages which frustrates us as Christians.  What are our treasures?

It might be money. In fact, for many of us, money overwhelms our sensibilities so that we spend more time thinking about it than we do anything else.  But, for others, it might be any number of things that take over our lives; material objects, emotional attachments, intellectual pursuits.

When we are concerned with things, that in the end will pass away, and turn all of our attention and commitment to those things, we lose sight of what is really important: the relationship we establish with the Lord.

Material objects can be lost, family members die and friends move on, things that intrigued our minds when we were young no longer matter as much when we grow older.  The one thing that will travel with us throughout our lifetime is that relationship.  It will pass with us beyond death and into eternity, it seems that the thing to do is turn our attention and commitment to the will of God.