- READ: Matthew 6:19-21 Appended Below Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth . . . but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. Matthew 6:19-20Message 1 of 153 , Nov 28, 2010View SourceREAD: Matthew 6:19-21 Appended Below
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth . . . but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. Matthew 6:19-20
People love to collect things from baseball cards to stamps to coins. And while collecting can be a fun hobby, it is sobering to think that once we leave this earth, everything we own becomes part of someone else collection. What value would it be to have collected much on earth but little or nothing for eternity?
Jesus had something to say about this. Speaking to His disciples, He said: Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal� (Matt. 6:20).
Eternal treasures never lose their worth. They can never be spoiled or stolen. And just think we can actually stockpile them! How? Through acts of service.
Through leading others to Jesus. By being compassionate to those in need. By living according to the will and ways of Jesus. In the gospel of Mark, we read that the Lord tested the rich young ruler's heart when He asked him to sell all that he had, give it to the poor, and follow Him. The ruler's response revealed what he really valued (10:21-22).
It's easy to become enamored with earth side stuff, but when you make the choice to follow Jesus, He'll show you the joy of collecting eternal treasures. Nothing on earth can compare!
The treasures of earth do not last,
But God has prepared us a place
Where someday with Him we will dwell,
Enjoying the riches of grace.
Hold tightly to what is eternal and loosely to what is temporal.
Matthew 6:19-21 (New International Version)
Treasures in Heaven
19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
- READ: Psalm 31:9-15 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body! —Psalm 31:9 Today marks the 10thMessage 153 of 153 , Sep 11, 2011View SourceREAD: Psalm 31:9-15
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body! —Psalm 31:9
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the US on
September 11, 2001. It’s hard to think about that date without mental
images of the destruction, grief, and loss that swept over America and
the world following those tragic events. The loss of thousands of lives
was compounded by the depth of loss felt corporately—a lost sense of
security as a country. The sorrow of loss, personal and corporate, will
always accompany the memory of the events of that day.
Those horrific events are not the only painful memories of September 11. It
also marks the anniversary of my father-in-law’s death. Jim’s loss is
felt deeply within our family and
his circle of friends.
No matter what kind of sorrow we experience, there is only one real
comfort—the mercy of God. David, in his own heartache, cried to his
heavenly Father, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body!” (Ps. 31:9). Only in the mercy of God can we find comfort for our pain and peace for our troubled hearts.
In all losses, we can turn to the true Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who alone can heal our brokenness and grief. —Bill Crowder
We have a Friend
who’ll never leave,
Who’s closer than a brother;
He’s there to meet our deepest needs,
To comfort like no other. —Sper
When God permits suffering, He also provides comfort.