We all make decisions in life about what we will invest our time, talents, treasures – ourselves – in. We need to choose wisely. Luke 12: 15 says, “Life is not measured by how much you own.” That statement can apply to money, possessions, or material goods in general. As for me, I spent my early professional years attempting to amass degrees and certifications and knowledge and a name, at one time lecturing nationally. What I did not invest in was my relationship with my wife. As a result, I lost her, along with the prospect of children and a family. I was too focused on the wrong things – selfish, self-serving things. God chopped my legs out from under me and got my attention. He has been lovingly building me up into who he always wanted me to be since then. I wish I would have paid attention earlier, but I love what he has been doing with me since then.
So, if life is not about things, what is it about? God placed us here with a purpose in mind. He put us here to serve him right where we are! So, what does that look like? Today’s scripture tells us that the things of this world will deteriorate or be taken away. Things are temporal. People’s souls, however, are eternal. If you want to invest in something that will last, invest in those God has placed in your life. Love your family, your spouse, your kids, your parents, your crazy aunts and uncles and cousins, your neighbors. Invest in their lives. Spend time with them, learn who they are, and love them for that.
Every family has idiosyncrasies. Such crazy quirks can make us want to disown our family members at times. A better approach would be to accept these peculiarities, even embrace them. Laugh and admit, “Hey, this is just who we are!” God’s family is no different. The outrageous, insane virtue as members of his family is that we love lavishly, crazily, with abandon, expecting nothing in return. Shower those you have been given with limitless attention and unconditional love. Invest in them. By doing this, you are serving God and allowing him to love others through you. This will not only benefit the people in your lives in the here and now, but it will follow you into eternity. What are your treasures? If you are not happy with your choices, ask God to change you and help you finish strong.
Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV)
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Contrast the ultimate end of worldly treasures with those we store in heaven.
Why does this verse link your treasure with your heart?
His Plan For Me
When I stand at the judgment seat of Christ
And He shows me his plan for me;
The plan for my life as it might have been
Had He had His way, and I see
How I blocked Him here and I checked Him there
And I would not yield my will,
Will there be grief in my Savior’s eyes’
Grief, though He loves me still?
He would have me rich, but I stand there poor,
Stripped of all but His grace,
While memory runs like a hunted thing
Down paths I cannot retrace,
Then my desolate heart will well-nigh break
With tears I cannot shed.
I’ll cover my face with my empty hands
And bow my uncrowned head.
Lord of the years that are left to me
I yield them to thy hand.
Take me, make me, mold me
To the pattern Thou hast planned.
-Martha Snell Nicholson
This post was written by David Vernier, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Daily Bible Study.
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