Matthew 6:19-21 – 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 your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (NIV)
I fondly remember when I purchased my first new car and was able to pick the colour of the exterior and the interior. I loved that car. The day I got it was a very memorable day. I didn't think I could be happier.
Ten years later, after my daughter had had that same car at college for some time and it wasn't lovingly cared for and garaged, it looked nothing like the day I got it. When we sold it, I think we got a tiny fraction of what I had paid for it earlier.
The other day, I saw that same car, or one very much like it, going down the road, and it was hardly able to move. It's almost twenty years old now.
It made me realize how very fleeting our happiness with treasures of this earth really is, and it gave me a renewed goal to store up treasures in heaven which will not rust and become old and useless.
Prayer: – Dear Father in heaven, help us keep our hearts and souls focused on You and our heavenly home. Let us see earthly treasures for what they are: temporary pleasures that will be gone in a moment. Only Your gifts are everlasting. Amen.