Where Are You Storing Your Treasures?
“Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal. But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal.”
~ Matthew 6:19-20
Treasure is defined in Webster's dictionary as, “accumulated or stored wealth”.
People have all types of worldly treasures that they collect and store. The stores are always advertising different “collections” to try to encourage you to purchase the entire “collection”. For example there are numerous Christmas collections that can be purchased from year to year to be displayed around your home during the Christmas season. After the season is over, they are stored in a box waiting for the next Christmas season, only to be added to the following year.
A lady I knew a while back kept telling me that she needed to get rid of a lot of “stuff” that she had collected over many years. She said, that she had no room left in her home to store anymore, or to add anything new. Now that is a lot of “stuff”!
Jesus Christ taught that there was another way to store up treasures. He told us in the Book of Matthew that we should not store our treasures on earth, that we should store our treasures in heaven where they cannot be lost, spoiled, consumed, or stolen.
In a book written in 1978 by Millie Stamm she relayed a story about a missionary to China, by the name of Dr. R.A. Jaffrey. In the early days of the Standard Oil Company of New York, the company needed someone to represent them in China. They wanted someone who could speak the language, and knew the people's culture. Dr. Jaffrey fit that description. The Company offered him the position with a salary of $5,000.00. He was earning $300.00 at that time. Dr. Jaffrey refused the offer. Then the Company offered him $10,000., then $20,000. Each time he refused. Finally, the company said, “Get him at any price”. Dr. Jaffrey replied, “You are offering me a big salary with a little job. I have a big job with a small salary, and I am content.” Dr. Jaffrey chose to store his treasures in heaven by doing missionary work.
In order to live responsibly in this world, we have to store up a certain amount of worldly treasures. For instance, we need to be financially responsible so we do not have to depend on others for our subsistence. However, we cannot take our worldly treasures with us to heaven.
Millie Stamm went on to say, “It is not wrong to have treasures, but it is important where you are storing them, on earth or in heaven.” A footnote in my Bible says, “Jesus does not ask believers to sell (or give away) everything they have (including “Christmas collections”, although this may be His will for some. He does ask us all, however, to get rid of anything that has become more important in our life than God. If your possessions (worldly treasures), take first place in your life, it would be better for you to get rid of them.”(NLT)
As a Christian, we should strive to honor God by carrying out His mission in our lives by what we say and do. Henry G. Bosch wrote, “Whatever of beauty, tenderness, faith, or love we can put into other lives through the power of grace, will be among our cherished treasures in heaven.”
Lord God, thank You for showing us in Your Word how to store up treasures in heaven. Help us to carry out Your mission in our lives through our words and actions. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington