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Listen while you read: "Master The Tempest Is Raging"1 (Lyrics)
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 neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (NASB)
Our town, Ocean View, Delaware, USA, is a beach resort area on the Atlantic coast having an influx of vacationers yearlong, especially in the summertime. Throughout the year, our area is laced with yard sales, garage sales, and flea markets, hosted primarily by retired local residents.
The other day, I was struck by the amount of "stuff" that has accumulated in our house over the years. It appears that we have a tendency to hold on to things that we do not want to part with, intending that "maybe someday I will have a use for this again". So the stuff clutters our garage, attic, closets, and junk drawers. Although there are several things that are family keepsakes and memorabilia, I must admit that I am just as guilty of "pack-ratting" as the next person.
These thoughts brought to mind Jesus' words:
Luke 12:33 – Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. (NASB)
This also reminded me of King Solomon's teaching regarding his acquisition of material wealth, only to realize that all was vanity. In contrast, our heavenly treasure is imperishable, unassailable, secure, and firm.
Therefore, instead of holding on to material things that we really don't need, let us consider how we may help others by donating to charitable organizations. At the same time, may our focus always be on the things above: the riches of our inheritance through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Perhaps it is time for an inventory. Do we really need all this stuff?
Prayer: Lord, since we are only sojourners, help us to be mindful of what is truly important in our lives. Keep us constantly aware of the riches stored for us beyond our imagination in our heavenly abode. Open our hearts and compel us to rid ourselves of the material and focus on the eternal, and in doing so, to help others who are less fortunate. We pray this in Your Son's name, Jesus. Amen.