January 25th - Treasure
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matt 6:19-21 (NKJV)
The "No Fear" clothing line used to have a T-Shirt that read: "He who dies with the most toys is still dead." There it is--the truth--all unpackaged and laid bare. Solomon took a hard look at this truth--weighed the sum total of the way he spent his time on earth and concluded that everything in life was "vanity." Once again--Solomon was wrong. If there is no life beyond the grave--if our lives have no impact on the people around us--if there is no Kingdom to build--and if our real treasure is left behind when we die...then Solomon would have been right in his assessment of life.
However, there is life beyond the grave. The witness and example of our lives can have a great positive and lasting effect on the lives that surround us. The life of a Believer is filled with purpose as we build His Kingdom. The treasure that we have found in our relationship with God is only enhanced as we leave this world behind. The Christian life is not vanity, it is a life full potential, promise and eternal value!
It all boils down to this—what do I truly love and cherish. In the words of Jesus, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Let me take a moment and reveal the
identity of my treasure: Jesus, wife, children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, church family, friends, neighbors, and everything that deals with the Kingdom of God and the expansion thereof. No toys on my list—only “things” that have eternal implications. My heart, concern, purpose and effort is all about this great treasure. When I leave this earth, I will pass a few toys down to my children. I will not mourn the loss of any of my earthbound possessions. Death happens to be the moment when I trade that which is temporary for that which is eternal! Good times are straight ahead!
Author's Note: Let's face it, most people live their lives as if all the material goods that they collect along the sojourn through life has value. Only in as much as it brings you joy in this life. Solomon was right, we brought nothing into this world and we exit in the same fashion. Time to live for the "things" that count for eternity. Time to lay up some treasures in my future home. RJD