The Thief

Saturday, September 4, 2004

Matthew 6:19-20 – 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. (NIV)

Recently, I spent all morning sorting, throwing out well-worn T shirts, and making piles of clothing to give away. It wasn't until I was putting away the summer clothes that I discovered the disaster.

Pleased to have come across my box of winter clothing after our recent move from Nova Scotia, I held up to myself the first item I saw, a tartan kilt, and thought, "Ah, a taste of Nova Scotia. I'll wear this and think of home this winter." After searching through the entire box, I selected several skirts and sweaters and took them to the laundry room to freshen them up before putting them in my closet.

"Oh no!" I exclaimed. "What's this?" When I examined my beautiful blue kilt I saw a tiny hole, but as soon as I had spread the material out to examine it more closely, the wool fell apart before my eyes. The kilt was riddled with holes. Other garments had holes in them too.

The clothes I had stored away for safekeeping were ruined. "I have been robbed by a bug!" I thought, as I prepared to visit the nearest hardware store to buy mothballs.

The incident reminded me of today's Scripture in which we are admonished not to lay up our treasures where moths and rust can corrupt them. The material things of this world are temporary at best. The only safe place to store our treasures is in heaven. Only the things we do for Jesus will last.

Prayer: Dear God, Your Word tells us not to put our trust in the things of this earth, for things can be destroyed. Today we ask You to help us to see where we are holding on to meaningless treasures. Amen.

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