While out looking around today, I was reminded of the scripture “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. You see, we were out looking at antiques and found all kinds of beautiful items- Tiffany lamps, antique figurines, furniture, old antique books and much more.
“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 destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”Matthew 6:19-21 MEV
Treasures On Earth
Now, my husband and I have traveled a lot and been to a lot of flea markets and antique stores and, after a while, it all starts to look like the same old stuff. However, there were truly some unique items that, depending on your style preference, would love to have in your home.
However, as we were leaving, I was reminded that nothing in this world, no matter how elegant or beautiful can compare to the beauty and glory of God Almighty. Not the most priceless antique or all the gold or silver in this world can compare to the beauty of heaven and home which Jesus went to prepare for us.
“‘Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God. Believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you may be also.”John 14:1-3 MEV
We all want to have a beautiful home, a nice car, etc. However, there are a few questions that I have to ask myself if I want to keep my motives right and my heart focused on those things which are most important.
Do I own my possessions or do my possessions own me?
If I lost everything, how would I react? Would I get angry at God? Would I blame him?
I’m not talking about just possessions, but anything that might take the place of God or things which we might put before Him. This could be your job, how you handle your finances, or any number of things.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you.” Matthew 6:33 MEV
How much time do I really spend with God?
It’s easy to let our jobs, relationship and daily responsibilities get in the way of our relationship with God. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. God wants to be a part of our daily lives. How much time do you spend reading and meditating on His Word? What about prayer? Do you invite him into your daily routine?
Prayer doesn’t always have to be formal and on your knees. Often, it could be an ongoing conversation with Him throughout your day. I find that more and more, I try to ask God “what can we do together today Lord?”
Am I hiding something from God?
You can’t really hide anything from God. After all, He created you. He knows everything about you including your thoughts, your every sin, your every fear, and more.
I once read a small book called “My Heart-Christ’s Home“. You can get it on Amazon for $2.59. This pamphlet is small but powerful. In it, Jesus is waiting at the door of the writer’s house, waiting to be let in. When the writer get’s home, he let him in and they sit in the living room and talk, the gradually Jesus asks about all the different room of the house- the kitchen, bedroom, office, and closets.
You see, Jesus wants to be a part of your whole life, not just a small part. How much of God do you really want? He wants to give you all of Himself. He is waiting for you to just receive Him and invite Him in. Let Him heal you. Let Him love you.
“Listen, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.”Revelation 3:20 MEV
As you ask yourself “where your treasure is”, how do you respond? Are you focused more on the things of this world, or are you storing up for yourself treasures in heaven? Everything in this world will one day fade away and it is only the eternal which will remain.
It’s not always easy to ask ourselves these types of questions because it goes down to the deep motives of the heart. However, I would rather deal with those issues of the heart now in this world than in the world to come.
God is waiting for you, how will you respond?
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