Saturday, May 5, 2012

Treasure in Heaven

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:32.

Why do we cling so tightly to possessions? What are we so afraid of? The creator of heaven and earth and all things allows us to call Him Father. Not only that, but He is giving His kingdom to us, His flock, as an inheritance. This passage puts all our anxiety about stuff into perspective. Jesus is telling His disciples this right on the heels of a parable about a rich fool who stored up things for himself, but was not rich toward God. He is trying to get them to understand that the treasure we must labor for is not of this world, it is of the next. Our efforts, our attention, and our focus must be on things eternal; things that really matter. So what if you don't have all the latest and greatest stuff, it's only temporary anyway. Hold loosely to the things of this world, and remember, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

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