Words from the Heart for Monday May 18th, 2020
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
Where Your Treasure Is
A barrel of silver dollars is said to still lie on the bed of Opinicon Lake, not far from Chaffey’s Locks. Destined to pay the workers on the Rideau Canal, it was dumped overboard by the crew of the payboat off Barrel Point in 1835, when the ship was attacked by pirates. Shots were fired. The boat crew tried their best to defend the silver, but they knew that they would not be able to hold off the ambush. Knowing they were outnumbered, they dumped the barrel overboard so the pirates couldn’t get it. Foiled, the pirates left.
The longer I live, the more obvious it is to me that there is a profound difference between the focus of the true follower of Jesus, and those who do not know Him, when it comes to what is important. The world is driven by acquiring goods, with the ultimate lie that “he who dies with the most toys, wins”. They offer no hope beyond the grave. So, success is measured by gaining that which has no eternal significance. What a contrast to those who belong to Jesus, and whose goal is to focus on those things that have eternity in mind. Jesus taught this in Matthew 6:19-21: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The key phrase here is “where your treasure is.” If your treasure is material and temporal, that is where your heart is. If your treasure is Jesus and His Kingdom, you are storing up treasures in heaven.
These have been words from the heart.