Several years ago I decided to clean out the basement. Well after a couple days of carrying and pitching I almost filled a very large dumpster. Most of the possessions that I threw away were pretty much musty, old and of little or no value. I wondered how we had got to the point where we had so much ‘stuff’. As I pitched it was also interesting to notice some of the things that we once had valued and now could care less about. Cars are a lot like that. We get excited to get a new car or one that is different and then four or five years down the road we can’t wait to get rid of it.
In case you haven’t noticed, we live in a world that values stuff. They value it because that is what the world does. It is the stuff, the things in the world that catches their attention and fulfills their immediate desires. And we as Christians get caught up in this pursuit of stuff every now and then.
Jesus taught, “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 or 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) Why do we sometimes pursue the things that wear out, break down, or just have a temporary pleasure or use and ignore that which is most important – our relationship with the Lord?
Jesus concluded, “You cannot serve God and mammon (riches). (Matt 6:24) Being wealthy is not a sin. However, what do you with it determines where your heart is. Job said “If I have made gold my hope, or said to fine gold, ‘you are my confidence’; If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great and because my hand had gained much;…This would be an iniquity deserving judgment, for I would have denied God who is above. (Job 31:24,25,28)
Where are you storing your treasures?