DayBreaks for 7/30/14 – Focus on What Lasts
Galen is traveling through 8/5/14…new DayBreaks will resume after he returns.
From the DayBreaks archive, 7/29/2004:
Matthew 6:19-20 (NLT) – Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves.
What is it that gives things value? From a worldly perspective, it is usually something that gives us comfort, makes our lives easier, or which we believe will gain in value, perhaps something that will give us a “hedge” against retirement. Typically, we perceive something to be of value if it can do something for us. And that is only one way, and not the best way at that, of determining value.
In Rumors of Another World, Philip Yancey made this observation about value in our modern world: “As I stand before the magazines, I notice that the values on display have something in common. Net worth, body shape, muscle tone, beauty secrets, possessions: each of these is transitory. I have attended my share of funerals, and not once have friends and family members eulogized about the deceased’s bank account or physical shape or surround-sound stereo system. Instead, they speak of qualities like kindness and generosity and love for family – sometimes even stretching the truth – as if conceding that in the end only these qualities endure.”
Jesus wants us to concede, long before “the end”, that there is little value in worldly things. His point in the sermon on the mount is that they don’t hold up. They get gobbled up by bugs, rust and get oxidized, and they can be stolen if someone really wants to take them. Things like faith, hope and love aren’t like that. They endure. They can be put into the First Bank of Heaven and they’ll be eternally secure. Ask yourself: what kind of things bring you the greatest joy? Isn’t it the love of a spouse, the joy of children and family, the character of your friends and their caring? Nothing else in the world even comes close to the real deep joy and happiness that love does.
Those are the kind of things we’ll be able to enjoy for eternity. Those are the kinds of things that precede you into heaven and God puts them in safe storage so that love, joy, peace, faith and sense of blessedness will be there for you to enjoy forever. No rust, no bugs, no thieves.
What is your focus? Where are you piling up riches?
PRAYER: Father, we have so many sins to confess! Help us to see you as the One who is eager to hear our confession…and to forgive! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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