How many of us go through our day focusing on all that we do not have? It is a pretty safe bet to assume that my readers have plenty of nourishing food, reasonably nice clothing/shoes, a home that’s warm in winter and cool in summer, etc.
Sadly, it’s also a safe bet that all of my readers, despite their many blessings, daily wish for more. More clothes, more money, more friends, more prestige, more more more more more. Where will the greed end? Will we never be satisfied?
Just yesterday I looked in my ample closet for an outfit, and had the nerve to think to myself, “I have nothing to wear! I need to go shopping.” In that moment, I was not practicing Biblical gratitude. I was being self-centered not Christ-centered.
I am not so naive as to think that not buying that extra handbag will instantly solve world hunger. I do, however, think that an attitude adjustment is in order if we as Christians are to live up to our name and be “little Christs”.
~”Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and theives break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where theives do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)~
Several key points stand out to me from this passage. First, “do not store up for yourselves….” As slaves of Christ, none of us have ownership rights. We are each called to put all of our resources, talents, passions, time, energy, etc., into God’s hands and allow them to be used for His glory.
Second, “where moth and rust destroy, and theives break in and steal….” The truth is that nice clothes, a new car, money, etc. are all worthless in God’s Kingdom. They’ll pass away one day. When they do, will you be left empty-handed? Or, will you have so fully invested yourself in God’s Kingdom that it won’t faze you?
Next: “Store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven…. where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Our “treasure” is whatever we invest in with our time, energy, resources, creative powers, etc. What effect will what you pursue in this life have on your eternity?
God has so amply blessed each of us with unique talents, gifts, opportunities, resources, and passions. Will we stare at our metaphorical closet and cry for more? Or will we make the most of what we already have and glorify God with ALL that we are?
~”Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” – 1John 2:15-17 (NIV)~