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
A man was giving a coworker a quick tour of his home one afternoon, and saw him admiring the kids’ trophy collection. So the man picked one up and said, “My daughter worked hard for this trophy playing softball. She was so proud as they called her name to receive it.”
Next, the coworker’s eyes landed on an even larger trophy. In fact, it was the largest of all. But strangely, it didn’t have a nameplate – only two small holes where the plate used to be. Confused, the coworker piped up and asked, “What’s this one for?”
“Ah,” said the man, “I bought that one at a thrift store for $2.79. It used to belong to someone who obviously worked hard for it. I’m sure they were pretty proud when they got it too. But now, it’s basically worthless.”
Noticing his coworkers furrowed brow, the man continued, “You see, I bought this trophy to show my kids that every treasure and trophy we have on earth will pass away. The material things we hold so dearly right now will one day be junk.”
This is exactly what Jesus was talking about when He taught us to store our treasures in heaven – because everything we have on earth will one day be worthless. So don’t place value on the stuff you have on earth. Store your treasure in heaven, and you’ll keep it forever!
Pray that God would show you today what you can invest in eternity!
Questions for Thought
What would you say is your most valuable material possession?
How might your life look differently if you used everything you have for God’s Kingdom purposes?