“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
George W. Truett, a well-known pastor in the mid-1900s, was invited to dinner in the home of a very wealthy man in Texas. When the meal was finished, the gracious host took Pastor Truett to a high place where they could get a good view of the surrounding area.
Pointing to the oil wells on the horizon to the north, he boasted, “Twenty-five years ago I had nothing. Now as far as you can see, it’s all mine!” Looking south at his sprawling fields of grain, he said, “That’s all mine too.” And then, turning east toward huge herds of cattle, he bragged, “They’re all mine also.” Then pointing to the west and a beautiful forest, he exclaimed, “That too is all mine.”
He paused, waiting for Dr. Truett to compliment him on his great success. Truett, however, placed one hand on the man’s shoulder, pointed heavenward with the other, and simply asked, “How much do you have in that direction?”
The man hung his head and confessed, “I haven’t really thought of that.”
There are some people who have so many material possessions. Yet on the day they meet their Creator face to face, they’ll come to understand that you leave the world the same way you came in… with nothing. So whether you have a lot or a little, remember to store up your real, imperishable treasure in heaven.
Ask God to help you realize that whatever you have on earth is temporary and the treasures that last will be stored in heaven.
Questions for thought
Why is it easier for many people to depend on their possessions than on the Lord?
What sorts of things have you been storing up in heaven? How can you add treasures to that “account” this week?