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“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
If you knew that your house was going to burn down and you could only get one thing, what would it be? Family pictures? The car? Your Bible? Do you find yourself struggling with that question because you can’t decide what one thing you would take? Are too many things to pick just one? Or maybe you think that there isn’t anything important in your house – just your family members.
My husband’s brother and his wife had their house catch fire a few years ago. It was early morning and everyone was sleeping. Praise God they all woke up and the whole family got out of the house. When the volunteer fire department got there they asked them, “What do you want us to rescue?” They wanted their family photo albums, something they knew they couldn’t replace.
After losing pretty much everything they owned my brother-in-law and sister-in-law realized that what they had on this earth wasn’t nearly as important as what they were laying up in heaven. They left a well paying job, family members and their church family to go and serve God in Wyoming.
In the movie, Schindler’s List, Oskar Schindler, a wealthy German businessman employs Jewish people to work in his factories during the Holocaust. At first he is only concerned about making money and being successful but as time goes on he begins to realize that when he requests someone to work for him he is literally saving their life. By the end of the movie his whole focus has turned from being successful to saving as many Jews as he can.
There is a scene in the movie where he gathers all of his Jewish employees together and tells them that the war is over and they are free to go. Then he looks down at a pin on his jacket and yanks it off, with tears pouring down his cheeks he says, “Would this have bought one more person?” and he falls to the ground racked with agony because he chose his pin over a fellow human being.
I can’t help but wonder, when I get to heaven will I feel the same way? Will the money spent on a sweater I just had to have or the time I felt prompted by God to speak to a friend about Jesus and didn’t, still seem like the right decision? Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.
I don’t want to get to the end of my life and regret that I lost sight of what was truly important – the Kingdom of Heaven!
Lord, teach us to set our affection on things above and not on things of this earth. Show us how to treasure what You treasure. May we never lose sight of what is truly important – loving You and loving other people. Amen
Questions: What do you treasure? Where do you spend your time, your thoughts, your energy – is it on yourself, the things you own, your own comfort? There’s only one thing you can take with you to heaven – other people.