Friday, February 8, 2008

SOnTheM 28

"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 you treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21

If you're like me, you grew up in church hearing this verse. It's kind of annoying, don't you think? I mean, it's almost as though Jesus is saying that materialism is wrong. What the heck? Oh wait, it is wrong! Nothing you gain in this life is worth anything. Paul knew that. He said that compared to Christ, everything is rubbish. Now, for you New Skool kids who don't know what rubbish is, it's pretty much garbage. I'd go as far as to say Paul wasn't even saying garbage, but that he was saying crap. Compared to knowing Christ, everything is excrement. So, if it's rubbish, why store it? Have you ever seen someone who saved a load of dung (besides Joe Dirt)? That's ridiculous. Of course not.
Several times prior to this, Jesus spoke about the heavenly Father rewarding those who followed His teaching. Guess what--that's how we store up treasures in heaven. Just follow Christ's teaching and let the Spirit reign in our hearts. If you're an intellectual like me, then there's your formula. Now go for it.

May you, today, be intentionally storing up treasures in heaven, not to be wealthy, but to show the love of Christ to all you come in contact with.

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