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Our Treasures

Matthew 6:19-20

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth … but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…

112015 Ray McDonaldI was in a department store and in my favorite tech store picking up something for the church office this week.  I avoided the stores over the weekend (and last Friday) – when all of the sales were going on.  I like a discount – a sale – just like the next person – but fighting the lines – the crowds – is not my favorite things to do in the world.  I bought most of my Christmas items online this year.  Sales and waiting in line and I hate to say it – Christmas – seems to bring out the worst in some people.

Some people seem to think – as the old saying goes – he who ends up with the most toys wins.  The way I heard it is – he who ends up with the most toys – still dies.  Will it be what we have stored up on earth or what we have stored up in heaven that counts?  Of course you know the answer – right?

I grew up in an era when we felt blessed if we had one phone (in the kitchen) – one TV (black and white) – and one car (used).  It was a great plus for my parents when they finally got a phone extension in their bedroom so when it rang at night they could answer without heading down the hall to the kitchen.

Prosperity – IMHO – has spoiled much of our society.  We have TVs in every room – and some have multiple TVs in a single room (I guess to watch several games at the same time).  We all seem to have cell phones (no need for the family phone anymore) – personal computers and pads – and more.  We have closets you have to walk into rather than slide a door or an armoire (when rooms were not built with closets at all – these are now consider antiques and very valuable).  We need shoe racks for all the shoes we own – or fold-a-ways for under the bed.

A times – even Christians – seem to spend more time storing up things on earth – rather than seeking to serve God and store up things in heaven.  During this Christmas season – will our hearts be set on things of this world or things of the kingdom?  Will we be storing up treasures here – or storing them up in heaven?

Matthew 6:19-20 – 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Remember my warning from before Thanksgiving – do not go into debt for Christmas – but instead – center your thoughts on the true reason for the season!  Keep focused on Jesus this Christmas and know that treasures in the Lord are everlasting.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

P.S. – Happy Birthday to my bride!

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December 3, 2015 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , ,

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