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)
Toby possessed single-mindedness like no other dog I have ever known. Once he set his sights on something, there was no stopping him. It didn't matter if it was a particular place on the couch or figuring out how to rifle a locked cooler to enjoy the goodies inside, nothing deterred him from his purpose. As much as this trait could be very frustrating for me, his owner, I must admit that such single-mindedness won my respect and admiration.
As Christians, how difficult it can be sometimes to avoid a single-minded focus on worldly goods, since God calls us not to store up for ourselves treasures on earth. We live in the physical world and are bombarded constantly with messages to store up. We store up health and beauty products to maintain our bodies. We store up clothing to make sure that we have adequate supplies for every kind of situation and weather — especially if we live in the ever-changing seasons of Canada. We store up books, vehicles, furniture, money, food, electronics, and the like because it is what everybody else does, because it can actually be quite fun and satisfying for a time, and besides all this, it seems like the right thing to do, as we really do need a lot of stuff — uh huh — uh huh — or so we tell ourselves.
In fact, we can get so busy storing up for our earthly future, that if we are not careful, we can lose the single-mindedness of eternity which God calls us to:
Matthew 6:20-21 – 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)
Where is our heart today? Is its goal, its focus, its purpose to store up the treasures of Christ — His Word and ways, His likeness, and obedience with a single-minded perseverance — or is it on the things of this world?
Prayer: Father God, direct our focus this day to single-mindedness in Jesus Christ and the treasures of heaven, for where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.
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